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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“I would hope there is a place for the avant-garde in the same way I think there has to be a place—and we have to be careful with this—a place for Jazz and place for Evangelical and all of that. […] On theological grounds, I do think we need interaction with the culture at the level of high art or at the level of more commercial pop culture.”
— Fr. Anthony Ruff (22 June 2016)
Free Download • 49 Catholic Hymnals
published 6 May 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE BOOK FORMERLY referred to as the Jogues Hymnal will henceforth be known as the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal. This change will undoubtedly peeve some of our readers, but when the book is finally sent off to the printer, all annoyance will have subsided—we hope!  Brébeuf was the one who said to Jogues, Garnier, and Chastellain in the summer of 1636:

“Fear no difficulties; there will be none for you, since it is your whole consolation to see yourself crucified with the Son of God.”

Scroll to the bottom for details about the BRÉBEUF HYMNAL, which will most likely appear in 2017; and feel free to download the following “historic hymnals” for your enjoyment.

THE FOLLOWING LIST will continue to grow & be updated. Most of these are Catholic hymnals; I attempted to clearly mark the Anglican ones. Many were scanned and made available by Corpus Christi Watershed, others by Google. The quality of these hymnals varies considerably: e.g. compare the two from 1905. On the other hand, many today fail to understand the role hymns played in the Catholic Church prior to the Second Vatican Council.

1842ENGLISH HYMNS in METER (A. D. Wackerbarth) —74pg

1848HYMNS OF THE HEART (Matthew Bridges) —97pg

1851LYRA CATHOLICA (Edward Caswall) —572pg

1853CATHOLIC HYMNS with ILLUSTRATIONS (Cardinal Wiseman) —64pg

1854THE HYMNAL NOTED (J. M. Neale) —226pg

        ADDITIONAL   •   Accomp.   •   Words   •   Alt. Versions

1854ORATORY HYMNS and TUNES (Fr. Faber) —202pg

1850sTHE HYMN of SAINT CASIMIR (Various Translations)

* 1860THE CATHOLIC HYMNAL (London) —192pg

1861SUNDAY SCHOOL BOOK (Fr. Furniss)   {Hymns begin on pg 146}

1862HAWAIIAN HYMNAL (Diocese of Honolulu) —251pg

1863MEDIEVAL HYMNS and SEQUENCES (J. M. Neale) —242pg

1870CATHOLIC HYMNS (Servite Fathers) —92pg

1873HYMNS and POEMS (Fr. Edward Caswall) —489pg

1878LATIN HYMNAL “Cantiones Sacræ” (Joseph Mohr) —440pg

1880HYMN TRANSLATIONS by D. T. Morgan (Anglican) —314pg

1884ANNUS SANCTUS (Orby Shipley) —478pg

1884THE ROMAN HYMNAL (Fr. J. B. Young) —801pg

1889MANUAL of PRAYERS (Council of Baltimore)   {Hymns begin on pg 599}

1889ORIGINAL TEXTS in “Hymns Ancient & Modern” —406pg

1900BREVIARY HYMNS & MISSAL SEQUENCES (Bishop Bagshawe) —222pg

* 1905ARUNDEL HYMNS (Duke of Norfolk) —569pg (202MB)

1905NOTRE DAME HYMN BOOK (Birtchnell & Brown) —88pg

1905THE HYMNER (Anglican) —166pg

1906THE ENGLISH HYMNAL (Anglican) —pg917

1906SAINT BASIL HYMNAL (15th ed.) —428pg

1906CATHOLIC CHURCH HYMNAL (E. Tozer) —376pg

1907SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN BOOK (Sisters of Notre Dame) —187pg

1908EARLY CHRISTIAN HYMNS (Judge D. J. Donahoe) —278pg

1908OFFICE HYMNS together with the PROPER MELODIES (Anglican) —506pg

1909THE CATHOLIC HYMNAL (Fr. Alfred Young) —296pg


1911CROWN HYMNAL (Fr. Kavanagh) —610pg

1912EUCHARISTICA (Hugh Thomas Henry) —230pg

* 1912WESTMINSTER HYMNAL (Sir Richard R. Terry) —423pg

* 1913SAINT HUGH HYMN BOOK (Fr. Adrian Fortescue) —168pg

* 1913SONGS OF SYON HYMNAL (George Woodward) —613pg

1913AMERICAN CATHOLIC HYMNAL (Marist Brothers) —509pg

1913 • DE LA SALLE HYMNAL (New York) —263pg

1913BOOK of HYMNS (Fr. Gregory Ould & William Sewell) —572pg

1914COLLECTED SEQUENCES and HYMNS (J. M. Neale) —460pg

1915HOLY CROSS HYMNAL (Cardinal O’Connell) —52pg

1916PANGE LINGUA ( Alan G. McDougall) —122pg

1918 • ST. BASIL HYMNAL (“completely remodelled”) —350pg   {Very Large File}

1920CATHOLIC HYMNAL (Fr. John G. Hacker) —348pg

1920SAINT GREGORY HYMNAL (Nicola A. Montani) —512pg

1921STANDARD CATHOLIC HYMNAL (James A. Reilly) —171pg

1922HYMNS of the BREVIARY and MISSAL (Fr. Matthew Britt) —390pg

1936PAROCHIAL HYMNAL (Fr. Carlo Rossini) —291pg

1937SAINT CECILIA HYMNAL (J. Alfred Schehl) —272pg

1937MOUNT MARY HYMNAL (Sister Gisela) —255pg

1938SAINT ROSE HYMNAL (Franciscan Sisters) —222pg

* 1939NEW WESTMINSTER HYMNAL (Ronald Knox) —452pg

* 1942LAUDATE HYMNAL and CHOIRBOOK (Hohe, Koch, Green) —270pg

1943HYMNS of the DOMINICAN MISSAL and BREVIARY (Fr. Aquinas Byrnes) —694pg

* 1948DAILY HYMN BOOK (Westminster & Desclée) —360pg

1949 • Msgr. Ronald Knox “Trials of a Translator”

1952CANTATE OMNES HYMNAL — Buffalo, New York

1953SAINT PIUS X HYMNAL — Organist & Congregational editions

* 1954CHRIST THE KING HYMNAL — Rev. Aloysius Knauff

* 1954CATHOLIC HYMMNS — Fr. John Selner

* 1955MEDIATOR DEI HYMNAL (J. Vincent Higginson) —114pg

1957PARISH HYMNAL (Sister Catherine Cecilia) —72pg

1955HYMNS of the ROMAN LITURGY (Fr. Joseph Connelly) —285pg

1967DOMINICAN BREVIARY HYMNS —In four (4) parts

* A red star indicates the book is particularly noteworthy.

822 St. Jean de Brébeuf THE BRÉBEUF HYMNAL is being produced by the JP2 Institute, which also produced the Jogues Lectionary. We have reached an agreement with a publisher. We will accept hymn suggestions from anyone who emails them to us. I have been named primary editor. 1 Ultimately, final decisions will be made by the HYMN COMMITTEE. The committee is diverse: men & women; professional musicians & amateurs; old & young; and so forth. All, however, are faithful Catholics.

If you have suggestions about hymns, please email them. Make sure to include the words “hymn suggestions” in the subject line.

As time goes on, much will be said about this project and its goals. For the moment, I will conclude by making clear one important thing:

This hymnal is not competing with any other American hymnal.

Ours is unlike any other American hymnal, and has a different set of goals. It’s being created because we feel there’s a tremendous need for such a book. Our concern—our vocation—is to contribute something pleasing to God. Moreover, we desire to make Catholics aware of the powerful example of St. Jean de Brébeuf.


1   I am responsible for the delays in this project, since I have recently suffered health concerns of the most serious kind—but seem to be recovering at last.