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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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Far from dreading an encounter with the Iroquois, Fr. Garnier often told us he would be quite content to fall into the hands of the Iroquois and remain their prisoner if—while they were torturing him—he at least had a chance of instructing them as long as his torments lasted. If they allowed him to live, it would afford him a golden opportunity to work for their conversion, which was now impossible, since the gateway to their country was closed as long as they were our enemies.
— Father Ragueneau (Jesuit Relations)
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: