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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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An American Requiem
published 28 October 2015 by Andrew Leung

CTL An American Requiem WO BIG DAYS are coming up. We will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints and the Commemoration for All Souls on Sunday and Monday. Both of these days are closely related to the Church, the body of Christ. On Sunday, we will celebrate the feast of the Church in Heaven with glorious and solemn music. And on Monday, we will pray for our brothers and sisters in purgatory by observing the extra sacred silence in the Liturgy. About a month ago, I uploaded a list of hymns for Catholic Funerals which you might find useful if you are planning a sung Mass on All Souls Day.

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WOULD LIKE TO share another great resource here. A very impressive booklet has been published online by my friends, Fr. Charles Byrd and Bridget Scott. The name of the booklet is An American Requiem. It is a guide that helps priests, musicians and the families of the deceased to plan the funeral. The booklet is not meant to be a “Church Document”, but a useful guide and explanation of the Catholic funeral. The booklet explains the spirituality of the Requiem Mass in light of the Tradition of the Church and it discusses some of the “special musical features” of the funeral. This table of content may interest you:



The PDF of the booklet is free for download:

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THINK this booklet is very well-done academically, theologically, pastorally and artistically. It is a great resource for priests and church musicians. Please feel free to email Bridget Scott if you have any feedback at: olmchoirs@gmail.com