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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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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.