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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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“Don't Cross Out Christ On Christmas” — Wrong!
published 24 December 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

OW MANY TIMES have you heard people warn against using the abbreviation Xmas for Christmas? They say things like, “Don’t cross out Christ on Christmas.” But it’s total nonsense! For more than a millenium, Christians have used an X to denote Christ. It comes from the Greek letter “Chi,” and even as late as the 19th century, Abbot Pothier used that abbreviation in the Solesmes books.

I could cite thousands of examples, but consider this one from the 14th century:

524 Christmas X


Did you see how the scribe wrote the word Christe in the KYRIE ELEYSON?

THOUSANDS, IF NOT MILLIONS MORE examples could be cited. Here’s one from a famous CHRISTMAS HYMN called Christe Redemptor Omnium:

415 Christe


Here’s one from the Litany of the saints:

557 Litany


In this next example, notice the beautiful passages from Sacred Scripture written in wherever they could be squeezed in:

551 Xste MSS