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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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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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O Crux Ave, partial recording
published 4 March 2017 by Veronica Brandt

FATHER FRIEL WROTE THIS simple three part motet O Crux Ave with verses from the hymn Vexilla Regis. It is a good piece for Passiontide, or any devotion to the Holy Cross.

Some time ago I made this short recording for teaching the middle part to my choir.

    * *  O Crux Ave – middle voice with organ main refrain

I was hoping to finish it, but a sore throat has put an obstacle in my path, but I offer this recording as it is – maybe it will help someone get started.