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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 spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Musical Resources • Feast of the Transfiguration
published 2 August 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

These musical programs are for FSSP.la, the new FSSP Apostolate in Los Angeles.


PROCESSIONAL

Organist.


ASPERGES

PDF Score (Singer)   •   Practice Audio (Singer)   •   Organist

We also add a polyphonic section, which is #4550.


INTROIT   •   Sung by the men.

PDF Score (Singer)   •   Practice Audio (Singer)

As always, these files are available on St. René Goupil.


KYRIE ELEISON

We are singing #5294 (KYRIE “Iste Sanctus” by Guerrero)

For the time being, we are using an abbreviated Solfège score.


GLORIA IN EXCELSIS

Plainsong Gloria IX from the Campion Hymnals, accompanied by the organist score.

Begin learning #5612.


GRADUAL & ALLELUIA

We are currently using Mode IV for these:
Feast of the Transfiguration

Eventually, we might learn this version—but that decision will come later.


CREDO IV   •   Alternatim

We often sing this version: #3445.   But sometimes we sing in unison.

Begin learning #5984 by Machaut.


OFFERTORY ANTIPHON

PDF Score (Singer)


OFFERTORY OTHER

Organist will play.


SANCTUS & HOSANNA

For now we are singing Sanctus from Mass XIII.

The complete “Kyriale” (Ordinarium Missae) can be found at St. Antoine Daniel.

We desire to revert to #3496 paired with #2999.


AGNUS DEI

We will sing #7554.


COMMUNION FIRST

Organist.


COMMUNION POLYPHONY

More will be said about this piece…


COMMUNION ANTIPHON   •   Sung by the ladies.

PDF Score (Singer)   •   Practice Audio (Singer)

Accompanied from the “color” markings posted on Saint Goupil, printed with a color printer.


RECESSIONAL HYMN   •   #865 All Ye Who Would The Christ Descry

From the Campion Hymnal.


CHOIR PRAYER (from CAMPION HYMNAL) happens after attendance is taken:

First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee,
Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Pilate, the time-serving politician, stepped forward on his sunlit portico. On his right stood Christ, the Just One who came to give His life for the redemption of many; on his left stood Barabbas, the wicked one, who had incited a revolt and taken a life. Pilate asked the mob to choose between the two: “Whether you will that I release unto you, Christ, or Barabbas”?

How would I have answered that question, had I been in the courtyard that Good Friday morning? I cannot escape answering by saying that the question belongs only to the past, for it is as actual now as ever. My conscience is the tribunal of Pilate. Daily, hourly, and every minute of the day, Christ comes before that tribunal, as virtue, honesty and purity. Barabbas comes as vice, dishonesty and uncleanness. As often as I choose to speak the uncharitable word, do the dishonest action, or consent to the evil thought, I say in so many words, “Release unto me, Barabbas,” and to choose Barabbas means to crucify Christ.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O Jesus, many times in my life I have preferred Barabbas to Thee. There is no way that I can undo that choice, but to make my way to Thy feet, and beg Thy forgiveness. But that is so humiliating, for Thou wearest the garment of a fool, and Thou bearest in Thy hand the reed sceptre of a mock king. It is so hard to do penance and admit that I am guilty! It is so hard to be seen with Thee, who art wearing Thy crown of thorns. It is hard! But let me see, Jesus, that it is harder to wear the crown of thorns!