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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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“One must pray to God not only with theologically precise formulas, but also in a beautiful and dignified way. The Christian community must make an examination of conscience so that the beauty of music and song will return increasingly to the liturgy.”
— Pope Saint John Paul II (26 February 2003)

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“For of all sad words of tongue or pen…”
published 16 July 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

URING the creation of the Brébeuf harmonies, we tried to adopt the “standard” version whenever such a thing existed. The following hymn (WINCHESTER NEW) is often used for “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”—which is an English translation of Jordanis Oras Praevia, published in 1736AD by Fr. Charles Coffin, who died 13 years later. Deep in my heart, I wonder why a D-Major chord wasn’t used by the “standard” harmonization.

Do you agree this would be very nice?

83723 Winchester New Advent Hymn


John Greenleaf Whittier (d. 1892) wrote the following:

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

On a completely unrelated note, you can purchase the Brébeuf harmonies with a 10% discount using this coupon, but notice the expiration date!