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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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“Each Mass contains the slaying of the Victim, not repeated here in the West after centuries, made once only long ago in Palestine, yet part of the sacrifice offered throughout the world each morning. All Masses are one sacrifice, including the death of the cross, continuing through all time the act of offering then begun … Every time we hear Mass we look across that gulf of time, we are again before the cross, with his mother and St. John; we offer still that victim then slain, present here under the forms of bread and wine.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Blast From The Past!
published 15 May 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

NE OF MY DEAR FRIENDS sent me photographs taken sixteen years ago. Here’s how the Latin Mass looked in those days:

503 liturgical torchbearers lanterns


In my college years, I carved several sets of liturgical torches. The following images show how they came out:


My torches had a fatal flaw. Being made of wood, several of them caught on fire! We hope to find someone here in Los Angeles who knows how to work with metal. We need to create new torches, made from metal with colored glass. The final product would look something like this:


If you’re like me, you tend to look down on old projects. This is certainly the case with my first sets of torches, which I made circa 2000. However, I have to admit that—as seen in the following photo from our 2007 wedding—the torches I created were not that terrible:

496 Catholic Mass Torchbearers


… but we still want metal ones for Los Angeles!