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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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“Since the English is not meant to be sung, but only to tell people who do not understand Latin what the text means, a simple paraphrase in prose is sufficient. The versions are not always very literal. Literal translations from Latin hymns would often look odd in English. I have tried to give in a readable, generally rhythmic form the real meaning of the text.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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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:

      * *  PDF Download: St. Mark’s Hymnal (1910)

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 Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal Project is all about: please stay tuned!