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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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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

“Audi Benigne Conditor” • Gregorian Hymn For Lent
published 11 February 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

Here is a Gregorian hymn we like to sing during Lent:

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The text is by St. Gregory the Great, who was Pope from 590-604.

And Peter Proctor has sent us this beautiful version by Guillaume Du Fay (1474AD):

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