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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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"In accord with no. 55 of the instruction of the Congregation of Rites on music in the liturgy (March 5, 1967), the Conference of Bishops has determined that vernacular texts set to music composed in earlier periods may be used in liturgical services even though they may not conform in all details with the legitimately approved versions of liturgical texts (November, 1967). This decision authorizes the use of choral and other music in English when the older text is not precisely the same as the official version."
— Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States (November, 1969)

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Hymn for St. Thomas More & St. John Fisher
published 15 August 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

AM CURRENTLY INVOLVED with a hymn project, which occasionally entails heated discussions about hymn texts. A challenge we sometimes face is whether certain language is too archaic for modern use. Often there is no “correct answer” to these questions, but it cannot be denied that some words are not perceived in 2016 how they would have been 200 years ago.

Here’s a hymn by MSGR. RONALD KNOX for St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher:

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I’m not sure whether that hymn will make it—and deliberations over such matters will continue. But it’s still an interesting hymn, don’t you agree?

By the way, here’s an oil painting by William Frederick Yeames:

201 The Meeting Of Sir Thomas More w/ Daughter after Sentence Of Death


It is called “The meeting of Sir Thomas More with his daughter after his death sentence.”