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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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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

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Papal Liturgies - Day 3 of the Papal Visit
published 24 September 2015 by Andrew Leung

On Day 3 of Pope Francis’s apostolic visit, he celebrated Solemn Vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. This New York cathedral is a great piece of art, especially after the recent renovation. And the musicians of the cathedral did some beautiful and true Sacred Music under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Pascual.

Reception of the Holy Father: 10:10
Solemn Vespers: 21:00

The New York cathedral set a very good example of Liturgical Music. It is definitely a huge contrast comparing to the two public liturgies yesterday. The Mass last night really doesn’t even worth mentioning, but St. Patrick’s Cathedral seems to have the solutions to the five problems I mentioned on the post yesterday. Even though the cantor sings a little slow sometimes, but unlike the cantors of the National Shrine, he didn’t have a big smile nor did he make a lot eye-contact with the congregation. The music is also very different from the mid-day prayer yesterday, the music selection of the Vespers is very up-lifting and solemn. From the music, you can hear the importance of the person visiting. After all, the Pope is the Vicar of Christ on earth. Too bad they cut off the end of Beethoven’s Hallelujah.