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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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“We decided to entrust this work to learned men of our selection. They very carefully collated all their work with the ancient codices in Our Vatican Library and with reliable, preserved or emended codices from elsewhere. Besides this, these men consulted the works of ancient and approved authors concerning the same sacred rites; and thus they have restored the Missal itself to the original form and rite of the holy Fathers.”
— Pope St. Pius V (Quo Primum, 1570)

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Fascinating Videos From 1958 • Mass Sung In English!
published 8 April 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

963 Saint Mary Cathedral Sydney E HAVE TALKED quite a lot about the decisions of Pope Pius XII regarding the Liturgy. We’ve talked about some of the bizarre permissions in his 1958 document, pointing out that he was quite ill when this was promulgated (and would die shortly thereafter). We’ve discussed the Holy Week revisions under Pius XII, which were much more significant than I had previously realized. We’ve also talked about the “liturgical commentator”—a concept which filled Msgr. Francis P. Schmitt with horror—and noted that this didn’t seem to “catch on” in most places.

Allow me to share two fascinating videos from Australia. Throughout the course of both videos, explanations are given on the screen. From what I can tell, the explanations are not always 100% accurate. For example, they don’t explain—or give justification for—the children reciting the Creed in English:


These were produced by Fr. Don Richardson, whose email address is given during those videos.