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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

Canon Van Nuffel's Setting Of Smoke Rising
published 14 February 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

ERONICA BRANDT recently used a Tolkien quote for one of her blogs, so maybe that’s why one came to my mind. 1 But my article is not about a Tolkien story; it deals with a famous verse from the Bible, saying “may our prayers rise like incense to Heaven.” Play through the following harmonization by Canon Jules Van Nuffel—do you agree that the remarkable passage in yellow is Van Nuffel’s effort to paint a “heavenly” picture?

    * *  PDF Download • “Dirigatur” by Fr. Jules Van Nuffel (d. 1953)

763 Smoke Nuffel


1   “Smoke rises from the Mountain of Doom. The hour grows late, and Gandalf the Grey rides to Isengard seeking my counsel.”