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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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“In 1854 John Mason Neale co-founded an order of women dedicated to nursing the sick. Many Anglicans in his day, however, were very suspicious of anything suggestive of Roman Catholicism. Only nine years earlier, John Henry Newman had encouraged Catholic practices in Anglican churches and had ended up becoming a Roman Catholic. This encouraged the suspicion that anyone such as Neale was an agent of the Vatican, assigned to destroy Anglicanism by subverting it from within. Once, Neale was attacked and mauled at a funeral of one of the Sisters. From time to time unruly crowds threatened to stone him or to burn his house.”
— Unknown Source
Free Hymn Harmonizations Online
published 22 September 2011 by Jeff Ostrowski

So many hymnals contain songs that have but 1-2 verses. By the time the musician pulls out the correct book, gets the choir on the right page, tells the congregation the number, and starts playing the hymn, it is practically over! This is very frustrating for the musician.

The hymns in the Vatican II Hymnal were carefully chosen, and usually have between 5-7 verses. You can freely download hundreds and hundreds of pages of organ accompaniments for hymns, and we plan on adding more and more versions each week. The tunes we chose are solid melodies with and good theology.

Click here to learn more about the Vatican II Hymnal.