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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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“I have, on the other hand, retained several more or less traditional tunes, absolutely valueless and without merit from a musical point of view, but which seem to have become a necessity if a book is to appeal—as I hope this one will—to the varied needs of various churches.”
— A. Edmonds Tozer (1905)

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Bishop Carroll and Vernacular in the Liturgy c. 1787
published 21 October 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

N A FASCINATING BOOK by Msgr. John Tracy Ellis that’s been out of print for more than five decades, I found a few pages dealing with the use of vernacular in the liturgy around the year 1800:

* *  Archbishop Carroll & Vernacular Liturgy

There’s a lot worth discussing in those pages, and I hope to publish a longer reflection at some point.

However, at the moment what interests me most is the sixty-page pastoral letter written by the Archbishop of Dublin (John Thomas Troy, †1823) defending the use of Latin in the liturgy. Does anyone have access to that document? Can anyone locate it? Boy, that would be a fascinating document to read!