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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“The sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl, when suddenly a clamor was heard from all the people. The sun, whirling, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.”
— Dr. Almeida Garrett, professor of natural sciences at the University of Coimbra (1917)
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.