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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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“How can we enter into this interior disposition except by turning physically—all together, priest and faithful—toward the Lord who comes, toward the East symbolized by the apse where the cross is enthroned? The outward orientation leads us to the interior orientation that it symbolizes. Since apostolic times, Christians have been familiar with this way of praying. It is not a matter of celebrating with one’s back to the people or facing them, but toward the East, «ad Dominum», toward the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship (October 2016)

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Yikes! Even The Monastery Of Solesmes
published 17 October 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

HERE IS NO COMPARISON between modern churches—often ugly and utilitarian—and the Gothic cathedrals. The profound faith of Catholic architects of the Middle Ages motivated them to spend incredible amounts of extra time & money creating magnificent structures meant to glorify God and edify the faithful. An internet meme demonstrates this in a powerful way.

Even Solesmes was influenced by the “utilitarian” movement of the mid-20th century. Compare their 1908 Graduale with their 1961 Graduale:

191 Solesmes


Did you notice how the music was left untouched, but they carefully eliminated all the beautiful artwork?