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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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Rare Lenten Hymns You’ve Not Sung
published 19 February 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

ERVING ON A COMMITTEE to produce the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal has brought to my attention many wonderful Catholic hymns. Fr. Adrian Fortescue once said, speaking of an ancient hymn: “Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.”

I could not find any written out versions of the Gregorian chant hymn Ex more docti mystico (6th century) so I created a clean version. Have you sung this great hymn?

    * *  PDF Download • “Ex More Docti Mystico” (LENT)

The following is also very nice—but some of you may have sung it before, because it’s printed in many books:

    * *  PDF Download • “O Sol Salutis” (LENT)

Here is a beautiful page from a book by John David Chambers:

90317 EX MORE DOCTI MYSTICO


A saint once commented on Psalm 50 (Miserere Mei) something to the effect of: “I wish we could all sin like David, if our repentance were to be as great as David’s…” If someone can send the exact quote, thank you in advance!

The book by Chambers is yet another book we came across in our work on the Brébeuf Hymnal.