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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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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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PDF Download • “Rorate Mass” Booklet
published 10 December 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

ODAY, I WAS BLESSED to sing at a “Rorate Mass,” which begins in total darkness, except for candles. As the Mass continues, the sun rises—with beautiful symbolism for Advent & Christmas. I was quite moved by the ceremonies, and the sermon was excellent. Here’s the booklet we used:

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Someone took a short little video snippet, and you can hear KYRIE II being chanted:


The Offertory Hymn, Verbum supernum prodiens, is absolutely gorgeous—don’t you agree?

566 Verbum Supernum Prodiens ADVENT