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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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Can You Name These Five Hymns?
published 4 June 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

385 Vati Y DEAR FRIENDS, when the Vatican II Hymnal first appeared, back in 2011, some people said it didn’t contain enough hymns. (They were probably correct, but we had to make sure the book wasn’t too heavy.)

Now’s your chance!

As quickly as possible, please Email me with the most important hymns you think are missing. Please don’t exceed five (5) suggestions. If I notice a whole bunch of people saying “Hymn A” is missing, this will be a tremendous help to me. If Joe says “Hymn B,” Sally says “Hymn C,” Frank says “Hymn D,” and Susie says “Hymn E,” this will be less helpful, but such is life.

You can view the 2011 Hymn Index Pages, or download the PDF scores for all the hymns.

This is time sensitive!   Within a short period of time, you’ll understand why. I’m sorry that I cannot give more details at this moment.

May God bless you for your kind support!