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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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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.