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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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Using the shoddiest, sleaziest material we have for the purpose of glorifying God is not very sound theology or even very good common sense. […] (In general, when you see a diminished seventh chord in a hymn, run.) And these chords are usually used in bad hymns in precisely the same order in which they occur in “Sweet Adeline.”
— Paul Hume (1956)

Papal Liturgies - Day 4 & 5 of the Papal Visit
published 26 September 2015 by Andrew Leung

The Holy Father celebrated two Masses on his fourth and fifth day of his apostolic visit. A few traditional hymnodies were sung at both Masses.

Holy Mass: 17:10

This Mass was celebrated at the Madison Square Garden in New York City yesterday. It’s still disappointing to see the dependence on the cantor. But we see the use of more Latin in this Mass. The Eucharistic Prayer was in Latin, so as some of the Ordinary. This is also the only Mass, so far, that a Gregorian tone Propers is sung. A schola chanted the Communion Antiphon and verses in Latin.

Reception of the Holy Father: 0:00
Holy Mass: 12:15

The second Mass was celebrated this morning at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. One thing I noticed is that all the concelebrants wore full vestments, including the chasuble. The Roman Canon was said in Latin. Our own Fr. David Friel was one of the Masters of Ceremonies, I guess he was the MC for the altar servers, at this Mass. Maybe he can tell us more about it!