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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Have you heard of St Clelia?
published 5 December 2015 by Veronica Brandt

St Clelia Barbieri HE TRIALS OF THIS WORLD are hardly to be compared with the joys to come – including the joy of singing with the Saints!

Reading Andrew’s post on St John Paul II’s singing voice reminded me of a recent saint whose voice joins in with her sisters in singing the Divine Office around the world. You can read about St Clelia Barbieri here with a focus on the miraculous.

There is also a fantastic sermon on St Clelia and appreciating the liturgy accompanied by helpful photos below. You might recognise the voice from Audio Sancto.