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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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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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Who Says Young People Can’t Sing Traditional Sacred Music?
published 23 April 2016 by Andrew Leung

AVE YOU HEARD the following statements? “Young people can’t sing traditional music”, or “they can’t pray with sacred music”, or “the only way to bring them closer to God is to meet them where they are at and give them their kind of music”. You might have heard these statements from Lifeteen music leaders, youth ministers, parents or even priests. They are all wrong!

These two groups of high schoolers are going to prove them wrong. They are going to prove that they can sing and pray with traditional sacred music. They are going to tell you how much they appreciate the Church’s music and arts. The New York Pueri Cantores high school choir festival is happening right now in New York City. Here is a video from yesterday recorded in St. Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church, also known as the The Actor’s Chapel.

If that’s not enough proof, see what this group of 160 students, who traveled to Rome from California, have to say.



Here are two more videos of the Mater Dei Choir's trip to Rome. Remember this: never look down on our young brothers and sisters!




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