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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 accord with no. 55 of the instruction of the Congregation of Rites on music in the liturgy (March 5, 1967), the Conference of Bishops has determined that vernacular texts set to music composed in earlier periods may be used in liturgical services even though they may not conform in all details with the legitimately approved versions of liturgical texts (November, 1967). This decision authorizes the use of choral and other music in English when the older text is not precisely the same as the official version."
— Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States (November, 1969)

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Spanish Hymnal … For Catholics!
published 6 February 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

820 Spanish Communion The Last Communion of St Joseph of Calasanz ODAY WE BEGAN WORK on a Spanish Hymnal. Are you fluent in Spanish? If so, we need your help! We are in search of QUALITY SPANISH TEXTS. I repeat: We are seeking top-notch Spanish texts. A bad hymn text is one that sounds “forced.” In other words, the completion of the rhyme is predictable. We also need volunteers who are fluent in Spanish to help us decide which texts are beautiful and which sound pedestrian.

Can you help us?

If so, send an email to:   spanish.hymnal@gmail.com

BELOW, YOU WILL SEE the Spanish hymn books we have assembled so far:

      * *  Colección de cantos sagrados populares (1934) — Diocese of Mexico City

      * *  Cánticos Espirituales con música (1944) — El Paso, Texas

      * *  Manual de Cantos Religiosos Populares (1959) — José P. Quezada

Do you have books we can use? Or, better yet, can you send us individual texts we can use?

Wherever possible, we prefer public domain texts. However, if you find any copyrighted texts which are inspired, theologically-correct, and don’t sound forced, please let us know!

THE FOLLOWING BOOKS are not useful for our purposes:

      * *  Himnos Del Breviario Romano (1952) — Francisco Luis Bernárdez

This book contains hymns that are not metrical: they’re prose.

      * *  Poesia Sagrada, Himnos del Breviario Romano (1777)

These sacred poems seem to be taken from an ancient Breviary, and the Spanish used is ancient — some words might be unfamiliar, but this is definitely high level of sacred poetry.