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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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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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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.