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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 six children.
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The effectiveness of liturgy does not lie in experimenting with rites and altering them over and over, nor in a continuous reductionism, but solely in entering more deeply into the word of God and the mystery being celebrated. It is the presence of these two that authenticates the Church's rites, not what some priest decides, indulging his own preferences.
— Liturgicae Instaurationes (1970)

Flos Carmeli for a Carmelite Novena
published 7 July 2018 by Veronica Brandt

Our Lady of Mt Carmel by Pietro Novelli OVENAS give a bit of variety to our family prayers. Today we are starting a Novena to Our Lady of Mt Carmel for a new monastery.

The prayers are beautiful, but I recognised the closing prayer as the Carmelite sequence Flos Carmeli – the name always reminds me of dessert, but maybe that’s just me.

Trawling the internet I found the words, the music, but nothing arranged for pleasant printing. A few hours later, and a little wiser about LaTeX and Gregorio, I can present you with this:

    * *  Flos Carmeli

For those who like the technical side, I used the package marginnote to put the translation in the right column. There were a few variations in the Latin words on different sources – it would be good to know the history of these. I went with the version on Gregobase, but changed consonantal “I“s to “J“s and split the ae ligatures to make it easier to notate the accents.

Our Lady of Mt Carmel, pray for us!