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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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“If I could only make the faithful sing the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei…that would be to me the finest triumph sacred music could have, for it is in really taking part in the liturgy that the faithful will preserve their devotion. I would take the Tantum Ergo, the Te Deum, and the Litanies sung by the people over any piece of polyphony.”
— Giuseppe Cardinal Sarto, Letter to Msgr. Callegari (1897)

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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