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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)

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“Tantum Ergo” • Eleven (11) Harmonizations
published 8 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

580 MONSTRANCE F YOU WERE FORCED TO SIT DOWN and take an examination—from memory only—do you think you could write out a literal translation of the “Tantum Ergo,” which you have undoubtedly sung zillions of times for Benediction? If not, download this:

    * *  PDF TANTUM ERGO (Congregational)

If you have a really good organist—one who doesn’t hit wrong notes and doesn’t slow down the tempo when they struggle with the pedals—give them this accompaniment:

    * *  PDF TANTUM ERGO (Organ Accompaniment)

If your organist is still learning, consider the version found in the ORGAN EDITION of the Saint Edmund Campion Hymnal:

    * *  PDF TANTUM ERGO (Campion Hymnal, Organist Edition)

Here are nine (9) more versions, but be careful—the melodies don’t always match perfectly the version found in the Campion Hymnal:

    * *  PDF TANTUM ERGO (Nine More Versions)

Look how Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923) presents this beautiful hymn, and notice how he prefers “u” instead of “v” in Latin:

    * *  PDF TANTUM ERGO (Rev. Fortescue)

If you haven’t seen the way BENEDICTION is presented in the Jogues Illuminated Missal, I would encourage you to do so. It’s gorgeous, and includes both Latin & English.