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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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“…I started down the road of the liturgy, and this became a continuous process of growth into a grand reality transcending all particular individuals and generations, a reality that became an occasion for me of ever-new amazement and discovery. The incredible reality of the Catholic liturgy has accompanied me through all phases of life, and so I shall have to speak of it time and again.”
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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!