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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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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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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.