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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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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)