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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 spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Video • The Altar Server “Must See”
published 25 February 2016 by Andrew Leung

NE OF MY DUTIES as a seminarian is to serve Masses at the parish. Altar serving is such an important and meaningful liturgical ministry. I have been doing it for fifteen years now and it helps me a lot in my spiritual growth. This video that I am sharing today was published in 2013, but I just saw it for the first time. I agree with everything he says and I hope you do too.



I hope you enjoy this video. While this video gives us a lot of insights about altar serving, it also helps us to reflect on our relationships with God. Here are some questions we can ask ourselves:

- Am I acting reverently and actively participating in my role at Mass?

- Do I dress up appropriately and worthily when I attend Mass?

- Do I pray everyday? Or do I only show up to Mass on Sundays?