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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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On 12 March 1908, Feast of St. Gregory the Great, the complete publication of the “Graduale” was issued by the Vatican Press. That very day, Dom Pothier solemnly presented the first copy to the Holy Father. Pius X wished to be the first to see the new book; he opened it at random, at page 128 of the supplement “pro aliquibus locis”—the Introit of the new Feast of Our lady of Lourdes. The Pope sang it with perfect taste to the last note.
— A witness of the papal audience writing circa 1915

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It is Finished
published 6 April 2017 by Andrew Leung

CTL It is Finished EING A SEMINARIAN requires me to offer my whole self to God and the Church, which also means that I don’t always get to do what I like. I definitely don’t get as much opportunities and time to get involved in church music as I used to. But because of this change, I learned to be thankful for each opportunity and I pray more intensely every time I sing.

During this season of Lent, I have been reflecting on the last words of our crucified Lord, “It is finished”. These very last words of Christ show his complete humility and obedience to God the Father.

From a human perspective, one should be very proud after knowing that he has saved many lives. And one would probably proudly look at the result, the numbers and the outcome of his works and sacrifice. However, our Lord chose to conclude his sacrifice with “It is finished”, and this is true humility.

For us, musicians, humility is not an easy virtue to obtain. We are taught to be confident, strong, not to stop and not to apologize after playing a wrong note. And we are always pursuing and striving for beauty and perfection. Humility, of course, doesn’t conflict with the above. Sacred music makes us realize the greatness of God and help us to stay humble before Him, who is the source of all beauty and perfection.

Christ’s last words are a great lesson on humility. They show the right attitude that a church musician should have as he serves. May the Lord help us not to focus on our success, glory and the words of praise from others; but help us to conclude every Mass and postlude with: “It is finished.”