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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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“Partly on account of these alterations, and partly because I have been unable to ascertain the authorship of many compositions—which have come to me either in manuscript or through other collections—I have thought it right to publish the volume without appending the names of writers to their works. This, however, I confess to be a defect…”
— Benjamin Hall Kennedy (1863)

May Crowning • The Official Antiphon
published 18 May 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

E TEND TO THINK of the May crowning as bright & joyful, since it occurs during the merry month of May. Did you know the liturgical books designate an antiphon for the May crowning ceremony? 1

Do you agree the following is a DARK antiphon?

    * *  Vocal Score (PDF)   •   Organ Accompaniment (PDF)

Mary’s not just a happy Queen—she’s a fearful one. If you’ve ever been close to death, you can recall the serious terror that grabs hold of your mind & heart. The Church seems to be reminding us of how serious Mary’s role was: saying “yes” to the Redeemer.

You can hear this antiphon sung by more than fifty singers if you attend the 4:30pm SOLEMN MASS which I have spoken about already.  Will I see you there?

It’s your chance to meet the FSSP District Superior and famous conductors like Dr. Horst Buchholz and Dr. Alfred Calabrese!


1   It’s the same antiphon used for Communion on 31 May in the 1962 calendar, which is called “Mary the Queen.”