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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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USCCB: “Revised Grail Psalter” Will Be Revised Again
published 8 June 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

E WERE TOLD FOR YEARS that the Revised Grail by Conception Abbey (©2010) would eventually replace the Responsorial Psalms in the American Lectionary. Many were concerned about this arrangement, because the REVISED GRAIL PSALMS are essentially owned by a private company. Dr. Jerry Galipeau wrote in 2010:

I cannot understand why a private family (the owners of GIA Publications) can be granted a position as “worldwide agent” for the official prayers of the Church.

This is bad news for composers, and very good news, of course, for GIA Publications.

The New Liturgical Movement had asked the same question in 2008. Before Bishop Edward Slattery approved the JOGUES PEW LECTIONARY, the question arose whether the Revised Grail should be used, since it was eventually supposed to replace the USA Lectionary text. Several other pew books chose the Revised Grail, but the Jogues committee decided to use the text in our current USA Lectionary.

It seems the Jogues committee made the correct choice:

653 USCCB Flynn Revised Grail


That letter was sent to me by a reader. This seems to have occurred back in 2014. The response came from the USCCB Committee on the Liturgy and is dated 11 May 2015.

122 GRAIL REVISIONS