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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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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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PDF Download: Saint Rose Hymnal (1938)
published 24 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

427 St. Rose Hymn Book HE FRANCISCAN SISTERS of Perpetual Adoration produced a hymnal in 1938. Its Imprimatur came from Bishop Alexander J. McGavick—predecessor of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke—since the sisters lived in La Crosse, Wisconsin. As a child, we often drove through La Crosse, and I was struck by its breathtaking beauty—such trees! Unbelievable!

You can download this rare Wisconsin hymn book in its entirety:

      * *  PDF Download • Saint Rose Hymnal (1938)

The Second World War would commence two years after this hymnal was published, and the words of the Foreword seem to anticipate it:

REAT MULTITUDES OF MEN today are making war upon God. They would do away with God if they could; they would crucify Christ anew. In the midst of this rejection of the eternal and striving for the temporal, it is our duty not merely to hold and cherish our faith in God and proclaim His truth, but to lift up our voices in hymns of love, adoration, and fidelity to Him—thus offsetting in some way the exclamations of opposition and hate that rise from those who have turned against their Creator.

We’ve been releasing these rare Catholic hymnals as part of the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal enterprise, which will require your assistance. Almost without exception, what we place online has never been available before—not even from sources like Google Books.