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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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Certainly, the Second Vatican Council wished to promote greater active participation [and] fine initiatives were taken along these lines. However we cannot close our eyes to the disaster, the devastation and the schism that the modern promoters of a living liturgy caused by remodeling the Church’s liturgy according to their ideas. They forgot that the liturgical act is not just a PRAYER, but also and above all a MYSTERY in which something is accomplished for us that we cannot fully understand but that we must accept and receive in faith, love, obedience and adoring silence.
— Pope Francis' Chief Liturgist (31 March 2017)

PDF Download • Easy Hymn with Melody in Tenor
published 11 January 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

EOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING how our committee could possibly work on a single hymnal for five years. (Reminder: I’m part of an international team creating a hymnal dedicated to St. Jean de Brébeuf.) Because our task involves art and theology, sometimes a single word can be argued over for weeks! 1

The Brébeuf hymnal also carefully chooses melodies. Do you see how the following tune (“Old Hundredth”) can be used in the Tenor voice?

REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice & PDF score await you at #90771.

IT MAKES ME SAD that some readers won’t click on the above link (#90771).

…where you can download the PDF score.

…where you can access individual rehearsal videos.

…where you can get all verses in Latin and English, with a literal translation, too.

But many won’t follow that link, which makes me glum.


1   Contrariwise, I’m often astounded at the sloppiness in productions by “big” Catholic publishers. A recent GIA hymnal doesn’t even examine whether the rhyme scheme matches, when texts are cobbled together.