In Korea, there has been some interest generated in the Latin Mass and in Gregorian Chant. While neither are a regular feature of most parishes here, some parishes do like to use chant. I visited one of them this past Sunday.
I visited Seocho-dong Catholic Church, a parish on the south side of the river. It is not too far away from the Supreme Court and the Seoul University of Education. I had heard from a fellow blogger that they have Mass in Latin every Sunday at 9 PM. So, I decided to go.
They didn’t have Mass in Latin, but they did have a Gregorian chant Mass of sorts. Instead of singing the chants in Latin, they sang them in Korean. It was really very lovely and worked surprisingly well. Korean is a tough language to translate things into, especially from Latin. Also, the Gregorian chants basically fit the Latin language like a glove. Rendering them in any other language is difficult, especially in Korean which features much longer sentences than Latin does.
I will definitely be going back, though it still seems wrong to me to go to church at 9PM on Sunday. In case anyone stumbles across this blog and might be interested in going, here is how you get there. Take Line 3 of the subway to the Seoul University of Education Station (교대역) and then take exit 13. Take the village bus number 03. The stop is right outside the exit, so don’t miss it! Get off at the Seocho-dong Catholic Church (서초동성당) stop.