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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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An Essential & Unique Thing For Holy Thursday
published 2 April 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

072 Pius XII Holy Week OLY WEEK AS REVISED by Pope Pius XII only lasted a very short time, because Vatican II changed the liturgy again. The revisions by Pius XII were optional in 1951, and then imposed in 1955 upon all western churches. On 11 October 1962, the Second Vatican Council began. Therefore, many items have never been written out, and here’s one of them you’ll need:

    * *  PDF Witten Out Conclusion of Mandatum

It was created according to this, but as you can see, it’s formatting will prevent mistakes. Maybe next year I can add the English translation.

By the way, you’ve probably already gone here and downloaded the special rubrics for Holy Thursday. You’ve also—most likely—downloaded the entire 1965 Missal which we placed online in November of 2013. 1 However, you might enjoy looking at this special excerpt for Holy Thursday, taken from our scan of the 1965 Missal:

    * *  PDF Holy Thursday in the 1965 Missal

If I have time, I’ll excerpt the Good Friday pages, too, because I noticed some funky melodies in English which I can almost guarantee were never sung anywhere by anyone.



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   This was the first time this historic book was ever made available online