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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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Lest we forget
published 25 April 2015 by Veronica Brandt

Rosemary HIS MORNING I ATTENDED an ANZAC Day Dawn Service for the first time. A majority of my offspring helped with enthusiasm for getting up while it was still dark, having an early breakfast and heading off bundled up in hats and scarves. We arrived just a little after they started, joining a crowd of well over a hundred people around the Cenotaph.

It was an impressive but simple ceremony. Encouraging solemnity in a public space in Australia is no mean feat, but there are well known traditions which give the framework which elevates the simple, heartfelt speeches into a moving tribute to our fallen service men and women.

You can read more about Anzac Day from the Australian Army. Although I had not attended a Dawn Service before I was familiar with the Last Post, laying wreaths, the silence, the National Anthem from other sources. It is a common canon of ritual which speaks louder than words.