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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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“The authority of the Pope is not unlimited. It is at the service of Sacred Tradition. Still less is any kind of general ‘freedom’ of manufacture, degenerating into spontaneous improvisation, compatible with the essence of faith and liturgy. The greatness of the liturgy depends—we shall have to repeat this frequently—on its lack of spontaneity.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (2000)

"The Most Beautiful Thing This Side Of Heaven"
published 25 March 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

EADERS OF THIS BLOG have probably noticed that we eschew posting videos. The reasons behind our eschewal are many and weighty. However, today we make an exception for this sermon by Christopher Smith, a very wise priest:

Two brief points:

1.) I like how Fr. Smith points out that Dom Guéranger bought (i.e. purchased) the monastery of Solesmes. This is something I often mention, but people think I’m making it up!

2. I have a slight quibble with the name “Audio Sancto” and its sister company “Audio Sancto” … what do those mean? I asked two priests, both of whom have taught Latin for more 30 years. They agree that these terms are incorrect and/or unidiomatic. Can anyone explain to me what they’re trying to say? I’m not sure why it bothers me so much to hear those phrases.