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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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The Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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PDF Download • A “Bright” Eucharistic Hymn
published 1 May 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

LEASE ALLOW ME TO CLEAR UP a misconception about the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal (forthcoming), which is being produced by an international team of Catholics, including priests and laymen. It is certainly true that the JP2 Institute has commissioned new tunes and new texts for this book—and they’re magnificent. However, the majority of the book consists of traditional tunes and texts. An example would be the following German melody, which is featured prominently.

The Brébeuf hymnal contains several fabulous English translations of this hymn—but I would like to demonstrate that it can also be sung in Latin:


REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice and PDF score await you at #89325.

Many readers won’t click on that link (#89325)—thereby depriving themselves of the PDF score: all eight pages! This breaks my heart.

Other readers will avoid clicking that link (#89325)—and consequently miss the opportunity to sing along with the individual voice parts, which are extremely fun. This makes me sad.

HE SAINT Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal discriminated based on the excellence of hymn melodies and hymn texts. To be honest, we were not totally sure a book could be produced with the high standards we adopted, but it turns out it can! The biggest obstacle we currently face is whether to include the Spanish hymns we’ve prepared, because we don’t want the book to be too heavy. After all, there is something pleasant about holding a book that’s just the right size. By the way, here is a recording of this hymn by the Vatican (using the plainsong melody). I consider the organ accompaniment very nice.

In a few weeks, final proofreading will commence. Those interested in proofreading the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal should email the committee. My understanding is they’re searching for proofreaders. Make sure the word “proofreader” is in your email’s subject line.