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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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"To the extent that the new sacred music is to serve the liturgical celebrations of the various churches, it can and must draw from earlier forms — especially from Gregorian chant — a higher inspiration, a uniquely sacred quality, a genuine sense of what is religious."
— Pope John Paul II (June 1980)

Family Von Trapp & Celebration "Versus Populum"
published 7 July 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

291 Von Trapp ELOW, YOU WILL FIND three videos about the Von Trapp Family Singers. Their story was not accurately portrayed in the movie The Sound of Music (1965 film with Julie Andrews).

Notice the photograph with their personal chaplain, Fr. Franz Wasner (†1992) saying Mass in their home during the 1930s…

Am I nuts, or is he saying Mass Versus Populum ?

I realize that people in Germany were doing liturgical “experiments” long before the Second Vatican Council, such as Offertory processions & Mass facing the people. I also realize that the German ideas about liturgy were adopted to a great extent by Vatican II. But I’m still surprised to see this.

By the way, is anyone else astonished that German prelates like Ratzinger & Jungmann played such an influential role during the Second Vatican Council? One would assume there must have been great animosity toward the Germans in the aftermath of the Second World War, right? For that matter, was it difficult to hold an ecumenical council in Italy, since that country had fought with the Nazi armies just 20 years earlier? Anyone care to weigh in?