About this blogger:
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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“Gerard Manley Hopkins once argued that most people drank more liquids than they really needed and bet that he could go without drinking for a week. He persisted until his tongue was black and he collapsed at drill.”
— A biography of Fr. Gerard M. Hopkins (d. 1889)

The longest 54 seconds in a Missa Cantata
published 30 December 2016 by Veronica Brandt

Mini Magi HE LONG SILENCE. Were you supposed to start singing already, or is something else about to happen first? It is the time just after the Lord’s Prayer while everyone is waiting to start the Agnus Dei at a Vetus Ordo / Extraordinary Form sung Latin Mass. That wait between Sed libera nos a malo until the Per omnia saecula saeculorum. It is so tempting to start the Agnus Dei to fill in the silence, but hopefully that’s a mistake you don’t make more than once.

Starting to take care of the music for a sung Latin Mass can be daunting. There is a handy book available called Psallite Sapienter. It’s not a completely authoritative work – you will find there are all sorts of variations among different priests and musicians, but it does give a good starting point. It’s available printed by Lulu and also as a free pdf download from musicasacra.com.

May your 2017 be full of new adventures, not least in the pursuit of sacred music!