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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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"In accord with no. 55 of the instruction of the Congregation of Rites on music in the liturgy (March 5, 1967), the Conference of Bishops has determined that vernacular texts set to music composed in earlier periods may be used in liturgical services even though they may not conform in all details with the legitimately approved versions of liturgical texts (November, 1967). This decision authorizes the use of choral and other music in English when the older text is not precisely the same as the official version."
— Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States (November, 1969)

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Les Misérables and the Year of Mercy
published 21 April 2016 by Andrew Leung

VERY YEAR, there is a Women’s Appreciation Dinner at my parish in April and I was asked to sing a few solos this year. I have decided to sing a few pieces that are related to the Year of Mercy but would not be heard at Masses. The pieces that came to my mind first are from the Broadway musical, Les Misérables. I haven’t thought of it since the release of the movie in 2012. What a great story for the Jubilee Year of Mercy! It is a perfect story that help us to reflect and understand what mercy means.

Jean Valjean set some great examples of being merciful to others. At the beginning of the story, he received mercy from the bishop and the Church, and he was able to bring the grace to people around him. Like Jean Valjean, we have all received the love and mercy from God, through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confession, and we should be merciful to others. Fr. Robert Barron, who is now an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, made a commentary on the Les Misérables movie back in January 2013:



My suggestion is: to watch or listen to Les Misérables (movie or musical) during this Year of Mercy. I think that would be a very effective and enjoyable way to pray, especially for music lovers.