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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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“In 1854 John Mason Neale co-founded an order of women dedicated to nursing the sick. Many Anglicans in his day, however, were very suspicious of anything suggestive of Roman Catholicism. Only nine years earlier, John Henry Newman had encouraged Catholic practices in Anglican churches and had ended up becoming a Roman Catholic. This encouraged the suspicion that anyone such as Neale was an agent of the Vatican, assigned to destroy Anglicanism by subverting it from within. Once, Neale was attacked and mauled at a funeral of one of the Sisters. From time to time unruly crowds threatened to stone him or to burn his house.”
— Unknown Source

Choirs give hope
published 27 September 2014 by Veronica Brandt

OST SUNDAYS I DON’T SING THE propers. I just turn up at Mass, pick three or four hymns and hope someone will join in. It’s not ideal and I am hopeful that it will not be this way forever.

Everyone is too busy to put in the time to make a choir right now.

I am too busy to make it happen.

So, when I hear about all the work other choirs are putting in, I am all the more in awe at how much work goes in to bringing people together and having them work in harmony.

Have a read of 9 reasons to keep the church choir alive by a church musician from a United Methodist church in Texas. Even without the authority of Church documents to recommend traditional music, he makes a good case for maintaining a strong church choir.

Sure one person can pick hymns, but it’s the singing together part that needs work.

It reminds me of this psalm:

Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.

Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, Which ran down to the skirt of his garment:

as the dew of Hermon, which descendeth upon mount Sion. For there the Lord hath commandeth blessing, and life for evermore. – Psalm 132/133

Hopefully our choirs, no matter how humble, can be a sign of that unity which is so important to our identity as Christians.