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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 representative Protestant collection, entitled “Hymns, Ancient and Modern”—in substance a compromise between the various sections of conflicting religious thought in the Establishment—is a typical instance. That collection is indebted to Catholic writers for a large fractional part of its contents. If the hymns be estimated which are taken from Catholic sources, directly or imitatively, the greater and more valuable part of its contents owes its origin to the Church.
— Orby Shipley (1884)

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“You Will Now Feel These Interior Sentiments…”
published 10 July 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

WHEN A CHILD IS TAKEN by his parents to Disneyland, he shouldn’t spend the entire time asking, “Are we having fun yet?”  If he does that, he’ll never have any fun!  He ought to focus on having fun, not wondering whether fun is being had.

We recently posted several brilliant video excerpts of Rev. Robert Skeris on EWTN, who mentioned the 1960s “liturgical commentator.” If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry—they didn’t last very long. In any event, the words of Fr. Skeris were brought to mind when I stumbled upon this 1964 book written under the guidance of Msgr. Frederick R. McManus:

526 Frederick McManus


Can you imagine a liturgical commentator standing at the front of Church declaring something like that?

“Alert the people to their responsibility of being actively united with Christ.”

It’s like saying: “Ready to feel interior love for Christ? Three … Two … One … Go!”