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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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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.