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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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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

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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!