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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 soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas
Where Can I Find A Beautiful Chalice?
published 24 August 2011 by Jeff Ostrowski

I encourage you to visit Ageless Vessels, where a priest’s hobby is restoring old chalices.

He uses beautiful gold and other precious metals to restore them.


His heart’s desire is to furnish an instrument worthy to give glory to God. It is his dream that this vessel will one day hold the Precious Blood of his Savior. He finds no cost or effort excessive as he creates this vessel destined for the Service of the Altar.

Centuries pass and the vessel is neglected. It tarnishes, it is damaged, and is left on a shelf. Eventually it finds itself disposed of.
But the dream of the artist was that his vessel would serve for the Glory of God – not for a time – forever.

We have taken the task, as a hobby, of finding these lost treasures before they are trashed. We restore them to how that artist created them, and return them to the Altar.