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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Andrew Leung
published 4 January 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

CTL Andrew Leung NDREW LEUNG is a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. Before moving from Georgia to Ohio, he was the Director of Music at St. Pius X Catholic Church (Atlanta) and taught Gregorian chant at the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers). He is currently at Blessed Sacrament Parish and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Wintersville, Ohio, where he assists with pastoral works and directs the Blessed Sacrament Schola.

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Mr. Leung graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in Sacred Music. During his years at Franciscan, he founded the Schola Cantorum Sanctorum Angelorum, a traditional choir with only male voices. Under his direction, the student schola developed quickly into a semi-professional choir and performed regularly in the Steubenville area.

Andrew is originally from Hong Kong. He has served as an organist and master of ceremonies in parishes both in China and the United States.


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