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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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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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Video • The Voice of St. John Paul the Great
published 3 December 2015 by Andrew Leung

T IS NOT A SECRET that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is a musician. Many people know that he is a pianist. And some even guess that his retirement life probably include practicing the piano everyday. This past Sunday, Pope St. John Paul’s singing was mentioned in the homily and I was surprised that not many people know about this talent of his. So, I am going to share two videos to prove that he could sing very well.

The first video is from a Mass he celebrated at St. Peter Basilica in 1982. His chanting of the Pater Noster can be heard clearly.

If that his voice is not good enough for you in that video, try listen to this next one. This is a recording of him singing the Ave Maria by Bach and Gounod. It was recorded in 1976, two years before he was elected pope, when he was still a cardinal. This Saint can SING! The EWTN also put together some of John Paul II’s pictures in the video. Enjoy!