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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

“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.