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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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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