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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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"I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

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“Omnes Gentes Plaudite” • Sequence For Ascension
published 13 May 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS are full of the most gorgeous artwork imaginable. For instance, how can these examples be outdone?


Now, check out this picture from the SEQUENCE FOR THE ASCENSION (abolished by Trent):

778 DETAIL Ascension Sequence


When you read the translation, you’ll understand why they chose that exact spot:

772 Omnes Gentes Plaudite


Courtesy of the Musica Sacra Forum, Chris McAvoy has provided the chant notation (01 02).

By the way, you can download 7,055 pages of jaw-dropping liturgical manuscripts courtesy of the Heinrich Heine museum.