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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Basic Steps To Improve Music At Your Parish — Part 4
published 19 July 2014 by Veronica Brandt

Import OST A VISITING CHOIR. If there’s a parish nearby doing wonderful music, maybe some of their choir members would be open to singing a Mass for you. Maybe Mass is out of the question, but a concert might be possible.

Importing singers is probably the quickest way to get good music into your parish, even if it is only for one occasion. Exposing your choir and congregation to good music is a step in the right direction.

If there is no live option, maybe see if there’s a chance to promote a recording of a worthy choir – maybe make it a fundraiser. Note, I’m not advocating playing recordings during Mass. These CDs would be for parishoners to play on their own time.

Our local musical evangelists put together an album called Prima Luce, which we sold as a fundraiser. Since then some choir members have expressed an interest in emulating the music on the recording.

We are building a culture, slowly but surely, little by little.


7-part series:   “Basic Steps To Improve Music At Your Parish”

FIRST PART • Andrew Motyka

SECOND PART • Peter Kwasniewski

THIRD PART • Richard Clark

FOURTH PART • Veronica Brandt

FIFTH PART • Fr. David Friel

SIXTH PART • Jeff Ostrowski

SEVENTH PART • Aurelio Porfiri