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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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“Our Christian people regard with great joy everything that contributes to the splendor of the ceremonies. Jesus—who was poor in His private life—received ointment on His feet. See Thomas Aquinas (Prima Secundae, q. 102, art. 5, ad 10) and the holy Curé of Ars. The Church has always loved beautiful churches, and so forth. We must preserve our sacred patrimony and make sure sacred objects do not become secular possessions.”
— Abbot & Council Father denouncing “noble simplicity” during Vatican II

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Ludwig Passini: “Canons in the Church of St. Peter”
published 11 January 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

Austrian painter Ludwig Passini often depicted Catholic priests and nuns. Here’s an example from 1870—called “Canons in St. Peter’s Church”—which comes courtesy of an excellent Polish blog:

865 Cappa Magna Winter


Their garments resemble the “winter” cappa magna and remind me of St. John Paul II in this picture from 1964:

863 Karol Wojtyla 1964


You can find some rare pictures of the young John Paul II here.

For more on the Cappa Magna, click here and here.