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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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“The Church, no doubt, has always kept, and wishes still to maintain everywhere, the language of her Liturgy; and, before the sad and violent changes of the sixteenth century, this eloquent and effective symbol of unity of faith and communion of the faithful was, as you know, cherished in England not less than elsewhere. But this has never been regarded by the Holy See as incompatible with the use of popular hymns in the language of each country. Such hymns, moreover, are useful to familiarize the people with the great truths of faith, and to keep alive their devotion.”
— LEO XIII, POPE (8 June 1898)

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Healey Willan on Chant
published 13 September 2018 by Andrew Leung

HEN I WAS IN CANADA over the summer, I made a detour when I was visiting churches in downtown Toronto to stop by the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, a “high” Anglo-Catholic church where Healey Willan used to be the director of music. There is also a park next to the church named after Willan. He was an Anglo-Canadian organist and composer. He wrote more than 800 works including operas, symphonies, chamber music, a concerto and other pieces; he is best known for his sacred compositions. The music program at St. Mary Magdalene flourished under his direction and was considered a model for all Anglican churches in North America. Here is what he has to say about plainchant (starting from 13:00):



I came across this interview recently and you can find the second part of it on YouTube as well. Dr. Willan clearly expressed that he thinks that “plainchant is the most suitable music for all forms of religious type”. He also stressed the importance of the Propers! Sing the Propers!!!