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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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“I should not like to be too harsh on this commission’s labors. It numbered a certain number of genuine scholars and more than one experienced and judicious pastor. Under different circumstances, they might have accomplished excellent work. Unfortunately, on the one hand, a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee in the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Larcaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Annibale, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Bouyer, a liturgical expert appointed by Pope Paul VI

Propers for the Jesuit Martyrs of North America
published 23 September 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

991 Jogues ONDAY in the Extraordinary Form is the feast of the EIGHT JESUIT MARTYRS OF NORTH AMERICA. 1 I humbly suggest that all who live in the USA consider going to Mass on their feast day and begging their intercession.

Consider a few words about St. Charles Garnier:

ATHER FRANCIS BRESSANI relates that Garnier thought nothing of walking thirty or forty miles on the hottest summer day to baptize some dying Indian, when the woods were infested with Iroquois. On such errands he would sometimes pass the night alone in the forest in the dead of winter, reclining on pine branches. The Relations depict him carrying sick people on his back—and he was not the strongest of men—for distances of up to six miles in order to gain the opportunity of baptizing them. Far from dreading an encounter with the Iroquois, “he often told us,” says Father Ragueneau, “that he would be quite content to fall into the hands of the Iroquois and remain their prisoner if, while they were torturing him, he at least had a chance of instructing them as long as his torments lasted.”

Many people know about St. Isaac Jogues—which is wonderful—but I feel they should also learn about his companions.

The Propers are not easy to find, because the Eight Jesuit Martyrs of North American Martyrs were canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1930. 2

INTROIT :   Hi sunt qui venerunt

GRADUAL AND ALLELUIA :   Anima nostra + Sicut abundant

OFFERTORY :   Tamquam aurum

COMMUNION :   Magnificabitur Christus

ADDITIONAL :   Readings, Propers, and Prayers in Latin & English

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1   This feast day in the Ordinary Form occurs on 19 October (in the USA) but in Canada it remains 26 September—just as in the Extraordinary Form. If God grants my prayer and restores my health, I would very much like to spend my life spreading information about these martyrs. You can get a fantastic overview by downloading this book (321 pages).

2   I believe they were beatified by Pope St. Pius X.