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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 lives with his wife and two 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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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?

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