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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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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

PDF Download: Complete Proper Of The Mass, With Organ Accompaniment • Kansas (1946)
published 27 June 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

332 Proper of the Mass UR CURRENT AGE has a difficult time grasping realities of the past. For example, as a parent of two small children, I cannot understand how people survived before modern conveniences like running water, plumbing, electricity, modern medicine, and disposable diapers. Can you imagine raising children in the year 1817? How about 1746? 1455? 1106? It’s totally unthinkable … yet billions of humans have done it.

Broad statements are sometimes made, such as: “Catholic music was terrible prior to the Second Vatican Council … and priests rushed through Low Mass in a sloppy way.” Others imagine that every single church before Vatican II had a men’s Schola chanting the full Gregorian Propers.

While neither scenario is accurate, one thing is certain: our ancestors often sang the Propers, despite many obstacles. Considering what they did, our feeble efforts to sing the Propers are inexcusable.

Therein lies the primary value of being aware of this book:

      * *  COMPLETE PROPER OF THE MASS — Rev. Green & Rev. Koch ©1946 (PDF)

It’s remarkable that priests in Kansas — Kansas! — were willing to exert the effort necessary to help small churches sing the Propers. Many other collections existed, too: Tozer, Labouré, Rossini, and so forth.

Although the melodies and organ accompaniments in this book are nothing spectacular, they did include some handy items like a Latin Pronunciation Guide, Sequence Accompaniments, and these accompaniments to the Vidi Aquam and Asperges Me:

      * *  Asperges Me — Organ Accompaniment (PDF)

      * *  Vidi Aquam — Organ Accompaniment (PDF)

IT IS A FACT that not all churches “back in the day” sang the Propers. Some churches omitted them, although this was contrary to liturgical law. Much evidence could be produced, for example:

      * *  Omitting the Propers — References from the 1930s (PDF)

For reference purposes, here’s the title page information:

Set to Gregorian Themes and Psalm Tones for Sundays and Feasts of the Liturgical Year

by Andrew Green, O.S.B. and Rev. Herman J. Koch, Ph.D.

1956 Revised Edition

Edward J. Hunkeler (27 September 1956)
Archiepiscopus Kansanopolitanus in Kansas

Copyright 1946 Diocese of Leavenworth