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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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The representative Protestant collection, entitled “Hymns, Ancient and Modern”—in substance a compromise between the various sections of conflicting religious thought in the Establishment—is a typical instance. That collection is indebted to Catholic writers for a large fractional part of its contents. If the hymns be estimated which are taken from Catholic sources, directly or imitatively, the greater and more valuable part of its contents owes its origin to the Church.
— Orby Shipley (1884)

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Subdeacon's Role In The Ordinary Form Mass
published 27 September 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

378 Subdeacon ROM WHAT I HAVE BEEN TOLD, when the New Mass was first promulgated (1969) the office of Subdeacon had not yet been suppressed. The 1969 GIRM has a section treating the Subdeacon’s role during the New Mass. Can anyone explain more about this? Does anyone remember attending the Novus Ordo Mass with a Subdeacon?

I have to admit, I never realized Subdeacons were allowed to be a part of the New Mass, but it makes sense since the minor orders were not suppressed until 15 August 1972, by Pope Paul VI’s motu proprio Ministeria quaedam.

Obviously, there’s a lot we could discuss here: why the minor orders were gotten rid of, to what extent the various roles of the Church changed following the Council (girl altar servers, women lectors, and so forth). This post is worth reading, by the way. However, at this point, I’m looking for specific information on what the Subdeacon did in the Novus Ordo Mass, and whether anyone remembers this actually happening.