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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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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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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:

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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 Jogues Hymnal Project, which will require your assistance. Almost without exception, what we place online has never been available before—not even from sources like Google Books.