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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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Do these Holy Thursday rubrics strike you as odd?
published 13 April 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

AM TOLD that in the olden days Holy Communion was seldom received by the faithful during Mass. Rather, Holy Communion might be given after Mass, or even while another Mass is going on, at a side altar. I haven’t studied the situation enough to know with certainty. What do you make of this page, from a 1957 book by Solesmes, which deals with the Pius XII (“Revised”) Holy Week? It’s as if nobody has ever distributed Holy Communion to the Faithful before…

236 pius xii


We mentioned some of the items at play here in this article about the second (third) Confíteor.

By the way, I cannot imagine kissing the bishop’s ring before receiving the SANCTISSIMUM. In my humble opinion, that would be inappropriate, because the full focus should be on our Lord.