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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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A second class of tunes—which can also be said with certainty to fall under the profane—are those which are written in the style of secular songs and which, if heard without the words, would be recognized only as such. In these, as a rule, the devotional gives way to the sentimental, cheerfulness to levity and oftentimes vulgarity, while not even an attempt is made to give a serious or dignified musical expression to the sentiments embodied in the words of the hymn. Not the least objectionable feature of some of these tunes is a jingling piano accompaniment quite unsuited to the church organ.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

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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!