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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— 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!