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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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“Philip the presbyter and legate of the Apostolic See said: There is no doubt, and in fact it has been known in all ages, that the holy and most blessed Peter, prince and head of the apostles, pillar of the faith, and foundation of the Catholic Church, received the keys of the kingdom from our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the human race, and that to him was given the power of loosing and binding sins: who down even to today and forever both lives and judges in his successors. The holy and most blessed pope Celestine, according to due order, is his successor and holds his place, and us he sent to supply his place in this holy synod.”
— Council of Ephesus (A.D. 431)

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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.