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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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Giovanni Doni is known for having changed the name of note “Ut,” renaming it “Do.” He convinced his contemporaries to make the change by arguing that 1) “Do” is easier to pronounce than “Ut,” and 2) “Do” is an abbreviation for “Dominus,” the Latin word for the Lord, Who is the tonic and root of the world. There is much academic speculation that Giovanni Doni also wanted to imprint himself into musical canon in perpetuity because “Do” is also ulteriorly an abbreviation for his family name.
— Giovanni Battista Doni died in 1647AD

Photos • 1985 Ordination in China
published 6 June 2019 by Andrew Leung

CAME ACROSS a batch of old photos recently and I think our readers would be interested in them. The pictures were taken at an ordination at St. Ignatius Cathedral, Shanghai, in 1985. Seven men were ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian. It is believed that this is the first ordination in China since the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Since the Novus Ordo didn’t make its way into China until the 1990s, this liturgy would have been celebrated in the old rite.

You might also be interested in this Chinese setting of Ave Maria.