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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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These prayers were not peculiar to Good Friday in the early ages (they were said on Spy Wednesday as late as the eighth century); their retention here, it is thought, was inspired by the idea that the Church should pray for all classes of men on the day that Christ died for all. Duchesne is of opinion that the “Oremus” now said in every Mass before the Offertory—which is not a prayer—remains to show where this old series of prayers was once said in all Masses.
— Catholic Encyclopedia (1909)

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 27 March 2015
published 27 March 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

Number 1

It’s past 2:00am, and I’ve spent several hours making charts, based upon information each choir member has provided. I am confident we will have a splendid Holy Thursday Mass, and feel comfortable telling you: you will never forget it!!!

Number 2

Throughout this message, I will be stressing two things above all:

“Rehearsal for all, Wednesday (April 1), Jeff’s house, 7:00pm”

“Inglewood, Holy Thursday (2 April), 4:00pm arrival for 5:00pm Mass”

By the time you’re done reading this message, you’ll understand.

103 ecclesia Number 3

Prepare for a LIFE or DEATH choir day on Holy Thursday—less than a week away!!!

The special Mass starts at 5:00pm, and we must make every effort to arrive no later than 4:00pm. Remember that the Sacred Triduum is the most Sacred time of year for Catholics.

It will take place inside a Church & City Jeff has never visited. Supposedly HUNDREDS of Traditional Catholics will attend:

Saint John Chrysostom Catholic Church
546 E. Florence Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90301
Make sure to punch in the correct ZIP CODE when you plug this address into your GPS.

Number 4

We must have a rehearsal—everybody needs to come. Based on the information you each provided, here’s the finalized rehearsal:

      Wednesday, 1st of April, at 7:00pm
      Jeff & Cynthia Ostrowski’s Home

Very soon, I will post the music for Holy Thursday. For now, you ought be practicing the new Gloria really hard. Practice videos are HERE. Please practice hard, okay?

Number 5

At this point in the message, you’re probably sick of hearing about this Holy Thursday Mass, but it’s crucial that we’re all on the same page.

Here’s my attempt to “shorthand” like a telegram:

Holy Thursday is a big day … STOP

You must arrive in Inglewood on Holy Thursday no later than 4:00pm … STOP

The night before Holy Thursday, everyone must attend a rehearsal at Jeff’s house (7:00pm) … STOP

Jeff will post the music soon—and it will be the beautiful polyphony we’ve been singing—but even if he hasn’t posted it yet, you should be practicing the new Gloria with great diligence … STOP

Supposedly, a large number of people will attend this Holy Thursday Mass. There is a strong possibility—if we sing very well—people will be impressed, and will spread the word about the new FSSP parish.

Number 6

I have more information for you. Are you thrilled?

I would like everyone to arrive this Sunday—which is Palm Sunday—at 5:45pm in the basement.

The evening of Easter Sunday—7:00pm at Saint Victor—will be a Low Mass. (That means a Mass without any music.) This is the first low Mass we’ve ever had at Saint Victor.

Jeff and a small Schola of men—by invitation only—will sing the Good Friday Liturgy.

For Holy Saturday at 11:00pm (Inglewood), our choir will not be singing, because only a few members were willing to commit. However, any member who attends this ceremony is encouraged to please come to the choir loft & sing. The music will be primarily Gregorian chants from the Campion Hymnal accompanied on the organ. I will post the music as soon as possible. It would be fantastic if you all came—but the great thing is, there’s no pressure. If you plan to come and your plans change at the last moment, no big deal. My mother would call this “low key” (no pun intended).

Number 7

I’m excited, folks. Holy Thursday is going to be amazing.

I will be giving each one of you a personal phone call, to verify you’ve understood every word of this message.

What should the secret password be for this message? How about this: “Every member will be at Jeff’s house in less than 7 days—on Wednesday night at 7:00pm—preparing for our biggest night ever: HOLY THURSDAY.”