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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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“In the 17th century came the crushing blow which destroyed the beauty of all Breviary hymns. Pope Urban VIII (d. 1644) was a Humanist. In a fatal moment he saw that the hymns do not all conform to the rules of classical prosody.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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PDF Download: Saint Mark's Hymnal For Catholics In The United States (1910)
published 31 December 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

500 Saint Mark's Hymnal 1911 ERE, FOR THE VERY first time, you can download a PDF copy of Saint Mark’s Hymnal from 1910. All things considered, it is a very nice collection:

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Try to place your mind in the year 1910. Notice the section called «HYMNS FOR THOSE AT SEA» —imagine what it must have been like in those days to travel across the ocean in a boat! Once you realize how brutal the times must have been, you’ll get a better picture of what an achievement this hymnal was. I especially like how they included hymns for important Catholic feasts such as the Transfiguration.

Even though it’s a Catholic hymn book, you’ll notice some Protestant authors like Wesley. Sometimes some funky language is employed, too (“Let the bands of the alien flee”). It was produced by St. Mark’s Parish in Peoria, IL.

With our modern technology, we can surely do even better today … and that’s what the JOGUES HYMNAL PROJECT is all about: please stay tuned!