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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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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

Propers for St. Joseph the Worker
published 27 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

This coming Sunday in the EF is replaced by “Saint Joseph the Worker” (1 May).

Here’s the Introit:

By the way, the Rossini Propers, published in 1933, contain the feast of St. Joseph the Workman on 1 May. I’d like to know how this was possible, since this feast wasn’t around in 1933, right? The NOH—published during the 1940s and 1950s—does not contain this feast.


Audio recordings, scores, and videos for this feast have been added to the Goupil website.

English translations are in the Campion Hymnal:


Here’s how it looks in the official 1962 Missale Romanum:

    * *  PDF Download • S. Ioseph Opificis

Here’s how it appears in the Fulton J. Sheen Missal (which is available online as a PDF):

    * *  PDF Download • Saint Joseph the Worker

I’m told this feast was added by Pope Pius XII to subtly contradict communism.

Latin title: “S. Joseph Opificis”