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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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Corda Pia - A Franciscan Hymn
published 30 September 2017 by Veronica Brandt

CTOBER 4 IS THE FEAST OF ST FRANCIS. That’s this Wednesday. A popular feast day for lots of different reasons – people who like animals, people who see the Church falling down or people who like living simply – the Poverello of Assisi attracts all sorts of fans.

For the saint known as God’s Troubadour, there are lots of hymns. Here is an old gem – it’s in Latin, but with a simple tune and an easy chorus. It tells the story of St Francis receiving the Stigmata.

      *   For sheet music and a translation see this Page about Corda Pia

Update: it has come to my attention that I have written a little about this hymn before back in 2014