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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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On 12 March 1908, Feast of St. Gregory the Great, the complete publication of the “Graduale” was issued by the Vatican Press. That very day, Dom Pothier solemnly presented the first copy to the Holy Father. Pius X wished to be the first to see the new book; he opened it at random, at page 128 of the supplement “pro aliquibus locis”—the Introit of the new Feast of Our lady of Lourdes. The Pope sang it with perfect taste to the last note.
— A witness of the papal audience writing circa 1915

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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