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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 Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli

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Our Lady’s Royal Ancestry • Gregorian Chant
published 24 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

ERE’S A POWERFUL plainsong Offertory for 31 May, which is a 1950s feast called “Mary the Queen.” Those in Los Angeles can hear this piece being sung by attending a special Solemn Mass on 31 May:


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Years ago, one of my teachers had this beautiful verse hung on his wall:

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be—
I had a Mother who read to me.

Today’s secular culture is incredibly anti-motherhood. These days, some even assault the very notion of “gender.” What a terrible thing it would be not to know what a mother is and should be!