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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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“More and more as we grow older, we find that the people we see most of are recent acquaintances; not (perhaps) very congenial to us, but chance has thrown them in our way. Meanwhile, the people we used to know so well—for whom we once entertained such warm feelings—are now remembered by a card at Christmas (if we can succeed in finding the address). How good we are at making friends, when we are young; how bad at keeping them! How eagerly, as we grow older, do we treasure up the friendships that are left to us, like beasts that creep together for warmth!”
— Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957)
Music at Holy Mass
published 11 July 2011 by Jeff Ostrowski

The Church desires (above all) interior participation at Mass. The Church also encourages outward participation, but I would argue that this has to be done correctly. In other words, I don’t like it when I go to Church and am “assaulted” by inappropriate, secular, non-Sacred music that lacks dignity and reflectiveness. It is unjust to expect people to participate in this type of music, or (indeed) to perform such music at Mass, even if some of the people enjoy this music. Another way to put this would be to say, “Even though the Church encourages participation at Mass, that does not justify doing music forbidden by the Church.” Going to Mass should be a dignified, prayerful, peaceful experience. I think this was the case at a recent Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Bishop Gracida. In the following video, all the music you hear was recorded LIVE. The Mass featured a beautiful three-voice Mass setting by Kevin Allen (which, we hope and pray, will soon be available in our web store). Here is a video excerpt of the Mass: