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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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"In accord with no. 55 of the instruction of the Congregation of Rites on music in the liturgy (March 5, 1967), the Conference of Bishops has determined that vernacular texts set to music composed in earlier periods may be used in liturgical services even though they may not conform in all details with the legitimately approved versions of liturgical texts (November, 1967). This decision authorizes the use of choral and other music in English when the older text is not precisely the same as the official version."
— Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States (November, 1969)

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Fr. Christopher Smith Weighs In
published 4 November 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

715 Ordinary Form I discovered some beautiful words by Father Christopher Smith, who was recently featured in The Catholic World Report. Here’s an excerpt:

N THE NARTHEX you will find a sample copy of the new Saint Isaac Jogues Missal. This beautiful pew missal will allow you follow all of the prayers and readings for the Ordinary Form in English, in a beautiful hardback edition that will be with us for many years to come.

Why am I excited about this Missal? Well, every year we spend about $4,000 on those paperback missalettes. We have looked into all kinds of different options, and have found very few that were not expensive, wasteful and unattractive. Every time a new edition of the missalette comes around, we have to throw all of that money and energy into the trash. And some of our parishioners have rightly complained that the missalette is really hard to read.


Here are some images of the Jogues Illuminated Missal :