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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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"Impelled by the weightiest of reasons, we are fully determined to restore Latin to its position of honor, and to do all We can to promote its study and use. The employment of Latin has recently been contested in many quarters, and many are asking what the mind of the Apostolic See is in this matter. We have therefore decided to issue the timely directives contained in this document, so as to ensure that the ancient and uninterrupted use of Latin be maintained and, where necessary, restored.”
— Pope John XXIII (22 February 1962)

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Video • Sacred or Secular?
published 22 February 2016 by Andrew Leung

JUST SAW this video on Facebook shared by American composer, Frank La Rocca. I am not sure if he made the video, but it is pretty interesting. The video, Sacred or Secular? What do you hear?, was uploaded to Vimeo by “Phantom of the Choir Loft”. This video summarizes the fundamental Church teachings on Sacred Music and explains why Gregorian chant is the model of Sacred Music. What is interesting is that inappropriate “church songs” are being played as background music through the 8-minutes-long video. While the caption shows what true Sacred Music is, the audio, on the other hand, demonstrates what should not be considered Sacred Music.



“Phantom of the Choir Loft” also uploaded another interesting video called What Hollywood Understands and Many Catholic Parishes Don’t About Music. It compares the Hollywood filmmakers’ musical approaches to Jesus’s Incarnation and Passion to some contemporary Catholic composers’ approaches.