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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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“As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people-whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter.”
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler, peritus of Vatican II

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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 :