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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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“As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people-whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter.”
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler, peritus of Vatican II

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Video • Mass during WW2
published 5 May 2016 by Andrew Leung

APPY SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION! Today, I would like to share a vintage video of a Mass celebrated by an army chaplain in 1943. This Mass was celebrated in Makin Islands, Kirabati, during World War II. In the video, you can see the soldiers gathering around a jeep that is decorated as an altar.



I just found this video and I watched to whole thing, I am very impressed by the reverent that the priest and soldiers showed during the Mass. The priest wore every single pieces of the vestment. And even though the Mass was celebrated on a jeep, the “altar” was decorated and dressed with linens, altar cards, crucifix and candles. The soldiers also stayed knelt through the Canon and when they receive Communion, even when they are on the battlefield risking their lives. They didn’t miss any little details of the liturgy. It makes me wonder why we can’t show the same reverence nowadays. I think we can all learn from these men!