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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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"Impelled by the weightiest of reasons, we are fully determined to restore Latin to its position of honor, and to do all We can to promote its study and use. The employment of Latin has recently been contested in many quarters, and many are asking what the mind of the Apostolic See is in this matter. We have therefore decided to issue the timely directives contained in this document, so as to ensure that the ancient and uninterrupted use of Latin be maintained and, where necessary, restored.”
— Pope John XXIII (22 February 1962)

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Indispensable • “Musician's Guide to Good Friday”
published 23 March 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

T IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL that musicians singing for Good Friday have in front of them the entire service, and not just the parts they sing. Because of this, I have put together the following booklet, which some may find useful:

    * *  PDF Download • “Musician’s Guide to Good Friday”

The booklet is for the Extraordinary Form, but the music is almost identical in the Ordinary Form. (I think the antiphon “Crucem Tuam” was displaced in the 1970s.)


Here are Mp3 versions:

Mp3 Audio • Part 1 of 2

Mp3 Audio • Part 2 of 2

What can be said of the prayers for Good Friday? Who could meditate upon them without being moved? My first chant teacher, Fr. Peter Gee, always said his favorite chants were the ones for Good Friday, and I think he was right.