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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 sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl, when suddenly a clamor was heard from all the people. The sun, whirling, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.”
— Dr. Almeida Garrett, professor of natural sciences at the University of Coimbra (1917)

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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.