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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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A hymn verse need not be a complete sentence, but it must have completed sense as a recognisable part of the complete sentence, and at each major pause there would be at least a “sense-pause.” Saint Ambrose and the early writers and centonists always kept to this rule. This indicates one of the differences between a poem and a hymn, and by this standard most of the modern hymns and the revisions of old hymns in the Breviary stand condemned.
— Fr. Joseph Connelly

PDF Download • Immac. Conception Booklet
published 8 December 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

3683 Immaculate ELOW, you will find the booklet for the Immaculate Conception, which I first posted several years ago. We had a “Schola Mass” at FSSP.la today—nothing but plainsong—which we do when our choir of 40 voices gets a day off. I printed the booklets, but made some last minute changes at the Church. We substituted for Mass II a mixture of Mass IV and Mass X, which was easily done since the Campion Hymnals contain the full KYRIALE. We also ended up using the Chants Abrégés version of the Gradual, which was easily accomplished since those are in the Goupil Graduals.

But it’s still nice to have these booklets (even when we are inspired to make last-minute changes) because we know that no matter what happens, we can sing the entire Mass from the booklet:


It struck me today—while singing the Introit—how powerful it is to have the English underneath each Latin word. (This is done for all the scores at the René Goupil website.) My knowledge of Latin is halfway decent, but while singing the notes I’m so glad to look under each word for a reminder. The Introit for today is not extremely familiar to me, but the musical phrases make a lot more sense when we understand their meaning.

In that booklet, you’ll see a splendid piece with these words:

He whom the whole world cannot contain was enclosed in thy womb…

We sang it during the Offertory incensation.


The priest who gave the homily said this feast was originally called “the feast of the Conception of Saint Anne.”