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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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Sing everyday! Regina Caeli!
published 29 April 2017 by Veronica Brandt

From Wahyu Tanoto via pixabay INGING WELL takes practice. Lots of people get an idea that they can’t sing, so they don’t sing and then they can’t sing.

Now is a great time to bust the cycle with an ancient Easter Hymn to Our Lady:

       Regina Caeli

There’s a great opportunity three times a day during Easter.

I’m not sure if every reader here would know about the Angelus that was customarily said three times a day not so long ago. The Angelus can be sung, though I haven’t really seen that take off.

In Easter time this the Regina Caeli takes its place – and this is really easy to sing: see Regina Caeli sung by young children.

There is Organ Accompaniment from the Vatican II Hymnal here and I have a special page for the Regina Caeli at my New Book of Old Hymns website with the sheet music, translation, crossword puzzle and vocabulary set.

Set a reminder for 6am, midday and 6pm – or whenever it fits into your routine. I’m sure it will bring a smile to those in heaven as well as on earth.