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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 grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
— Rev. Christopher Smith

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published 11 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE FOLLOWING PRAYERS—required for Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form—have never been written out … until today!

Toward the beginning:

    * *  PDF Download • Versicles & Responses (“Part 1 of 3”)

When the bishop washes his hands:

    * *  PDF Download • CONFIRMA HOC DEUS (“Part 2 of 3”)

Toward the end:

    * *  PDF Download • Versicles & Responses (“Part 3 of 3”)

If you look in the Saint Gregory Hymnal, Mr. Montani attempted to notate some of these chants, but he made mistakes. Specifically, Mr. Montani seems not to realize that priests can choose from several tones. In fact, when the 2nd ferial tone is chosen, the beginning (“Ostende nobis, etc.”) should probably be sung recto tono—although very few priests seem to realize this. These issues were dealt with here:

    * *  Tutorial For Priests: Various Tones Fully Notated

…but I probably should have done the beginning prayers in “Ferial Tone B” recto tono. This is not “traditional,” but it seems to be the “correct” way.