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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

Made in China
published 23 June 2016 by Andrew Leung

CTL Made in China T IS GOOD TO BE HOME! I have mentioned in a post in the past that there is a diocesan hymnal published by the Sacred Music Commission of the Diocese of Hong Kong. And this hymnal can be found in every single parish in Hong Kong. There are a lot of great hymns in the diocesan hymnal. However, there is basically no Gregorian chant in it except for a few devotional and seasonal hymn like Adoro te devote, Attende Domine and Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. And even these chants are included, the texts of these hymns are only printed in Chinese and singing them in Latin is not an option.

This past week, I visited many beautiful and old churches in Hong Kong with a friend of mine. We visited Rosary Church, one of the oldest churches in Hong Kong (actually the oldest in Kowloon). As I was praying and looking through the pews, a card caught my eyes. This is not just one of those “prayer cards” or holy cards, this card provides some basic Gregorian chant for the congregation. It has four pages and this is how they look.

They have included the Missa de Angelis, Missa Jubilate Deo and the four Marian Anthems. And just like the Roman Missal, the faithful are supposed to follow the instructions in red and sing the text in black. Chinese translations are provided beneath each of the chant. I thought they picked some good ones to start with. What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave comments on our Facebook page.