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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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A CD from on High for Benedictines in Tasmania
published 11 March 2017 by Veronica Brandt

CD Oriens ex Alto LAST YEAR I WROTE about a couple of fantastic retreats which took place in January this year. Now a special new release CD links those two retreats.

The Australian Sacred Music Association retreat took place over a week encompassing the feast of the Epiphany. It was a silent retreat with a focus on singing the Divine Office and the Mass. The recordings from the week have been compiled into a 34 track CD.

The other retreat I mentioned was lead by Fr Pius Mary Noonan and Fr John OSB. In February Fr Pius inaugurated a new Benedictine foundation in Tasmania. This island has been short of traditional liturgies for decades, so this is very good news.

The recordings from the former retreat form a fundraiser for the new foundation from the monks of the latter retreat.


Oriens Ex Alto available from the Australian Sacred Music Association

P.S. Pugin fans will appreciate this link between Tasmania and Augustus Pugin and these photos of St Patrick’s, Coledale where the first Solemn Mass in over a hundred years was celebrated in February this year.