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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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The Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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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.