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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 resides with his wife and children.
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“More and more as we grow older, we find that the people we see most of are recent acquaintances; not (perhaps) very congenial to us, but chance has thrown them in our way. Meanwhile, the people we used to know so well—for whom we once entertained such warm feelings—are now remembered by a card at Christmas (if we can succeed in finding the address). How good we are at making friends, when we are young; how bad at keeping them! How eagerly, as we grow older, do we treasure up the friendships that are left to us, like beasts that creep together for warmth!”
— Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957)
English Martyrs & Chabanel Psalms
published 8 November 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

Some of you may have noticed that over the last two weeks I have completely redone my contributions to Year A on the Chabanel Psalms Website. These new compositions are all being named in honor of the English Martyrs.

I’ve noticed that, quite often, the Year A Psalms have a special connection with the Saints after which they are named.

For instance, the antiphon “I love you, Lord, my strength” was named in honor of Blessed John Beche (†1539), an Abbot who was hung, drawn, and quartered. Blessed John Beche, then, knew well the meaning of the prayer that proclaimed God as our strength. Blessed Beche also showed that he loved God, by suffering so much.

Another example would be this Psalm:

God the LORD has spoken and summoned the earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your holocausts are before me always.”

“If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for mine are the world and its fullness.
Do I eat the flesh of strong bulls,
or is the blood of goats my drink?”

“Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
and fulfill your vows to the Most High;
then call upon me in time of distress;
I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me.”

. . . named in honor of Blessed Thomas Johnson (†1537), a Carthusian monk who was starved to death.

I hope you will take the time to explore Year A on the Chabanel Psalms Website.