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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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“After the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council. Eventually, the idea of the givenness of the liturgy, the fact that one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the West.”
— Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

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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!