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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 authority of the Pope is not unlimited. It is at the service of Sacred Tradition. Still less is any kind of general ‘freedom’ of manufacture, degenerating into spontaneous improvisation, compatible with the essence of faith and liturgy. The greatness of the liturgy depends—we shall have to repeat this frequently—on its lack of spontaneity.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (2000)

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In This Regard, The EF Cannot Compare To The OF
published 1 May 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

N THE ORDINARY FORM, the “sung propers” don’t always match the “spoken propers.” In this regard, the EF cannot compare to the OF. However, some trivial differences do exist between the “sung” and “spoken” versions in the Extraordinary Form.

For example, the “spoken form” is CUM VENERIT:

841 Cum Venerit Paraclitus


However, the “sung version” in the Graduale—which often comes from a more ancient version called the Itala—has DUM VENERIT:

840 Dum Venerit


That’s the Communion for this Sunday. If you look at the Offertory verses for last Sunday, you’ll notice three possible versions:

Carl Ott’s Offertoriale: “Qui custodit veritatem in saeculum; faciet judicium injuriam patientibus; dat escam esurientibus.”

Rupert Fischer’s Offertoriale: “Qui custodit veritatem in saeculum; faciens judicium injuriam patientibus; dat escam esurientibus.”

St. Jerome’s Vulgata: “Qui custodit veritatem in saeculum; facit judicium injuriam patientibus; dat escam esurientibus.”

They all mean basically the same thing:

«Who will execute judgment for them that suffer wrong.»

«Who is executing judgment for them that suffer wrong.»

«Who executes judgment for them that suffer wrong.»

To view a meme about sung vs. spoken, click here.