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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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"Impelled by the weightiest of reasons, we are fully determined to restore Latin to its position of honor, and to do all We can to promote its study and use. The employment of Latin has recently been contested in many quarters, and many are asking what the mind of the Apostolic See is in this matter. We have therefore decided to issue the timely directives contained in this document, so as to ensure that the ancient and uninterrupted use of Latin be maintained and, where necessary, restored.”
— Pope John XXIII (22 February 1962)

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Rev. Fr. Christopher Smith on the Campion Missal
published 24 April 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

VER AT CHANT CAFE, Fr. Christopher Smith has posted a wonderful article about the Campion Missal & Hymnal. Here’s a small sample:

One Sunday, I put a sample copy of the Missal in the narthex for the people to view, and kept it out there for a couple of Sundays. I was amazed at the response. “It’s beautiful!” “It’s just what we need in the pews!” “Can I contribute towards the cost?” And so, I launched out into the deep and asked for donations. Within 72 hours we had not only covered the cost, but also had more donations than we could possibly use for that project.

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In short, the adoption of this Missal in my pews, one book per rack, has been incredibly popular. The people use them, and like them, and it has also brought the community together. It has also had the added benefit of introducing people to the EF who might have never known anything about the Mass at all if it weren’t for a book that was attractive they couldn’t help but obey that tiny voice saying, “Tolle, lege!”


I am pretty sure Fr. Smith is the priest who leads the chant in the following video. If I am wrong about this, I hope someone will Email me and let me know. As you can tell just by listening, Fr. Smith has an AMAZING voice: