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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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“The main place should be given, all things being equal, to gregorian chant, as being proper to the roman Liturgy. Other kinds of sacred music, in particular polyphony, are in no way excluded, provided that they correspond to the spirit of the liturgical action and that they foster the participation of all the faithful.”
— 2011 GIRM, §41 (Roman Missal, 3rd Edition)

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Flashback • Pope Benedict XVI (Pentecost 2008)
published 25 May 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Pentecost 2008:

732-B16 chasuble


For reasons I don’t fully understand, this chasuble was only worn on one occasion.

SPEAKING ABOUT THE MEANING of “sacred”—as in SACRED MUSIC—I often say, “The priest wears beautiful, ancient, OTHER garments for Mass. The antiquity of his vestments—since they are what the Romans wore—call to mind the antiquity of the Church. The beauty of the vestments is only natural, since we always dress appropriately for special events. The OTHER part points to the fact that these garments are reserved for sacred use. The celebrant doesn’t wear bermuda shorts. Nor does he wear bed sheets.” Looking at the garments of the concelebrating priests, I may have to drop the “bed sheet” part…