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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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“One must pray to God not only with theologically precise formulas, but also in a beautiful and dignified way. The Christian community must make an examination of conscience so that the beauty of music and song will return increasingly to the liturgy.”
— Pope Saint John Paul II (26 February 2003)

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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!