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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

Watershed Needs Your Help To Continue!
published 16 October 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

IRST, A WORD ABOUT the title of this post. We’ve tried more subtle ways to ask for money—but they never work. We hate asking for money, and especially with a title that makes us sound desperate. We are not desperate, because God always provides. However, we require more donors willing to give $5.00 per month. Can you help?

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Please help us introduce to more people the beauty of sacred music. How can anyone hear an antiphon—such as the following—and not agree it’s utterly sublime?

Please help us upload more rare books—such as 1934 Antiphonale—one of hundreds which would not otherwise be available, except for Watershed.

Please help us make practice videos, like this one, for my favorite chant: GAUDEAMUS. 1

Please help us continue. We hear from Catholic musicians throughout the entire world who appreciate our ministry! Here’s an excerpt from a recent message:

HAVE TO THANK YOU for all your diligence, sacrifice, and hard work to help musicians, such as myself. Corpus Christi Watershed has been extremely helpful and has brought so much solace and support, knowing there is someone out there that understands what I’m going through. God bless and may the angels protect you always.

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1   Cristóbal de Morales must have liked this piece too, because he used it underneath a piece with a remarkable history, centering on the Truce of Nice in 1538. Here’s a recording, and here’s the score. Do you hear the Gaudeamus underneath? The composition has a fascinating history, and Morales would later write an entire Mass based on this Motet.