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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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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

Liturgy and Sensory Issues
published 19 November 2016 by Veronica Brandt

Brandt family 2016 FIND MYSELF reading up about autism from time to time. None of my kids have been diagnosed, but there are times when I can really relate to the challenging reactions to everyday events.

Tonight, after browsing through Asperger Experts, it occurred to me that my family’s leaning to more traditional Masses may be related to having a finite reserve of energy available for social interaction.

Sometimes the very steps people take to be more welcoming can become threatening. The Sign of Peace is a stress point for people who have limited social energy. A priest descending from the altar to shake hands with everyone is not just a distraction, but a threat. Better to save greetings for after Mass in a setting where there can be time to think and room to escape.

Predictability is important too. Knowing that the priest will “say the black, do the red” is reassuring.

Although our culture seems to deride people who can’t go with the flow or maintain a witty repartee, maybe the Mass allowed for these people long before terms like “sensory processing disorder” were invented.