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Veronica Brandt holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. As editor, she has produced fine publications (as well as valuable reprints) dealing with Gregorian chant, hymnody, Latin, and other subjects. These publications are distinguished on account of their tastefulness. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband Peter and five children.
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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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Farewell to Alleluia
published 15 February 2014 by Veronica Brandt

ODAY IS A DAY THAT TENDS TO SLIP BY ALL TOO EASILY. In the Extraordinary Form tomorrow is Septuagesima, or (roughly) the 70th day before Easter, where all alleluias are suddenly taken away. So today being the last day of alleluias for a while, someone came up with the idea to put in a few extras at the close of Vespers.

It was my idea to make some sort of recording of this today. It didn’t look quite like what I had in mind, but here it is:

The idea for puppets grew out of the Holy Heroes home videos of the Sunday Gospel using Lego™ figures. They cover the Ordinary Form with colouring pages and quizzes and videos. Could this idea be transplanted over to the Extraordinary Form?


Editor’s Note • There is actually an entire (liturgical) hymn which says “farewell” to the Alleluia. The Campion Missal cites a few verses in a very subtle way. Here’s a challenge: Did anyone notice which page? Which page number? Let us know by using the CONTACT tab at the top.