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Andrew Leung is a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. He has served as Director of Music at St. Pius X Church (Atlanta) and taught Gregorian chant at the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Georgia). For two years, he will be studying in Macau, China.
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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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New Choir Stalls for the Sistine Chapel Choir
published 26 December 2015 by Andrew Leung

CTL Sistine Chapel Choir New Choir Stalls HOPE EVERYONE had a wonderful Christmas! Today, I finally had time to watch the Midnight Mass at the Vatican. The Sistine Chapel Choir, as I mentioned before, is sounding better each time and looks like they got new choir stalls recently. I am sure that the nice choir stalls are contributing to that nice blending. On the right, the bottom picture shows the new choir stalls and the top picture was taken a few years ago when the Westminster Abbey Choir visited Rome.

The Holy Father celebrated this Mass mainly in Latin and the Roman Canon was also said. The Sistine Chapel Choir sang beautifully. The men chanted like monks and the boys sounded like they have been training in Britain. Here is a video of Silent Night, which was sung after the Communio. The new choir stalls can also be seen in this video (4:14).



And here is a video of the Introit chanted by the men, nicely and calmly.

If you would like to watch the whole Mass, here is a video from the Vatican Youtube channel. Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss:

Processional Hymn – Angels We Have Heard On High with beautiful descants (6:20)

Solemn Proclamation of the Nativity (13:00)

The Nine-fold Kyrie IX (23:14)

Credo III with a special arrangement of Et incarnatus est (57:25)

Communio – In splendoribus with harmonized verses (1:31:19)

Recessional Hymn – Adeste Fideles arranged by Sir David Willcocks (1:45:50)