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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 Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law. On the contrary: the Pope’s ministry is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to his Word. He must not proclaim his own ideas, but rather constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”
— His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI (11 May 2005)

Beautiful Vestments Vs. Ugly Vestments
published 16 October 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

327 Vestments SOMEONE HAS GIVEN me a beautiful gift. It’s a big, thick book with color images of a Catholic parish I used to belong to as a child. This book traces the history of the parish going back more than 120 years.

The image on the right hand side was taken in the sacristy where I used to put on my cassock and surplice to serve Mass. Once, when I was acting as M.C. for Fr. Joseph Bisig, FSSP, I asked him if we could pray the Angelus (since it was noon). He replied, “That’s fine, but I know it in Latin only.” Boy, was I glad I had it memorized in Latin! (This may seem insignificant, but these things meant a lot to a small boy!)

ONE THING STRIKES ME again and again as I look through this book. In the days before the Second Vatican Council, the priestly vestments used to be so beautiful. Even in the days when the parish had absolutely no money — not a cent! — the priests always wore edifying vestments. Then, following the Council, it seems like folks made a conscious decision to wear only ugly vestments (the ones that look like cheap bed sheets). Has anyone else noticed this?