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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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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)
Gospel Acclamations
published 18 October 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

Great progress has been made on a brand new Watershed site, called St. Charles Garnier Gospel Acclamations. Some people call this site Garnier Alleluias, because ninety percent of the time, the Gospel Acclamation is an “Alleluia.” There is, however, no Alleluia during the holy season of Lent.

Here is a beautiful example of a Garnier Gospel Acclamation by one of our guest composers, Aristotle Esguerra:

St. Charles Garnier Gospel Acclamations already offers hundreds of examples like that one, in addition to Mp3’s, PDF’s, congregational JPG’s, and other media. All these are available for free and instant download, as part of Corpus Christi Watershed’s ministry.

Here is an example of a practice video for an Alleluia melody in honor of William Couture, who suffered for the Faith alongside St. Isaac Jogues and the other Jesuit Martyrs of North America. Note that the verse teaches cantors how to apply the tone:

If you have not already done so, please check out garnieralleluias.org.