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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)
Sung Responsorial Psalms for the Vigils of Feasts
published 4 August 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

It’s not always easy to find beautiful Responsorial psalms for the Vigil Masses of Feasts. The most common Responsorial Psalms are the ABC Sundays. Then come the Year A, Year B, & Year C Sundays. Then come the Feasts. Finally, last of all, composers focus on the vigils. The reason? They’re trying to get the most “bang for their buck.” They focus on the Responsorial Psalms that have the greatest chance of being sung.

August 15th, 2010, is a Sunday, so the Mass propers for Feast of the Assumption (15 August) are used, and “trump” the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. The Saturday Vigil Mass requires a special Responsorial Psalm. Corpus Christi Watershed has created the the Saint Noël Chabanel Responsorial Psalms, which offers numerous free versions of this Psalm for organist and vocalist, thanks to our generous guest composers. VIDEOS for this Psalm, Audio Mp3 Recordings, Numerous Other Free Settings, Sheet Music Scores for Organist & Vocalist, Practice Mp3’s, & Congregational Inserts (Gregorian and Modern) for the VIGIL of the Assumption (ABC) can all be found by clicking HERE. Here is my version:

As you can see (below), each verse is written out, which makes it very easy to sing, and each verse is clearly pointed (with the “move notes” in bold italics):

Then, too, many different harmonizations are provided for the refrain, several of which have stepwise motion in the bass (in other words, a “walking bassline”), which promotes good voice leading and nice harmonic rhythm:

A special vocal score is always provided as well, which is invariably formatted to fit on one page (for printing purposes):

An Mp3 audio practice file is always provided for practice.

There’s even a special spot where organists can compose their own Refrains (if they wish):

Finally, a practice video is also provided:


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Saint Noël Chabanel Responsorial Psalms has thousands more Psalms, so please visit the site, and see if you like any!