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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.”
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Random Acts of Beauty: the Vestment Fund
published 17 December 2016 by Veronica Brandt

Goldwork cross OMETHING THAT STANDS OUT looking through the Campion Missal is the proliferation of beauty. The church is huge with lots of ornate details. The vestments are jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Some Catholics could go to Mass every Sunday and never come across anything that elaborate. Such furnishings and vestments would be expensive, not to mention difficult to clean! Efficiency and practicality hold sway.

Simple polyester chasubles make sense when you think of all the hundreds of parishes and priests to equip, but if you consider each priest is an individual laying down so much of his life for Christ and His Church, then surely we can make some sacrifice to see he is suitably clothed to enter the Holy of Holies.

The stories behind vestments can be enthralling. Once you start noticing them, it opens up a whole new avenue for distractions at Mass, especially ad orientem when the design on the back of a chasuble is especially intriguing.

This Christmas season, consider contributing to the Vestment Fund for Priests and Seminarians