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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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"I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997
Does Sacred Music Help You Pray?
published 7 June 2011 by Jeff Ostrowski

Many Catholic authors have written about the inherent “prayerful quality” of Sacred Music, which is manifest in this CD recording of the Sorrow Mysteries of the Holy Rosary with Sacred music, prayed by Most Reverend Bishop René H. Gracida. In addition to the normal prayers of the Rosary, His Excellency also adds reflections and meditations.

Audio Excerpts (recorded live): 3rd Sorrowful MysteryBruckner “Ave Maria”Gregorian Introit
Alleluia before the GospelC. Callaghan “Vexilla Regis”

This Compact Disc also includes Sacred music selections which focus in a special way on the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Mary Magdalen, who stood at the foot of the cross of our Savior. These extra recordings come from the St. Mary Magdalen Mass (please see video below) and CMAA Colloquium XIX.

Most Reverend Bishop Gracida, who (in the past) has ordained members of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter according to the 1962 Missal, frequently promotes the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, and will be offering a special Mass (7/6/2011) in honor of Blessed John Paul II, using the Extraordinary Form.