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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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“How can we enter into this interior disposition except by turning physically—all together, priest and faithful—toward the Lord who comes, toward the East symbolized by the apse where the cross is enthroned? The outward orientation leads us to the interior orientation that it symbolizes. Since apostolic times, Christians have been familiar with this way of praying. It is not a matter of celebrating with one’s back to the people or facing them, but toward the East, «ad Dominum», toward the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship (October 2016)

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Intensely Powerful • “Requiem” Production (FSSP)
published 7 April 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

By way of the FSSP blog in North America, we received this electrifying news:


From the press release:

Fr. Gerard Saguto, North American FSSP Superior, who also sang on REQUIEM, explains that the daily responsibilities of the priests entail shepherding its flock’s greatest joys and its deepest sorrows: from a marriage in the morning to a funeral in the afternoon. Saint Augustine’s sense of the sacred was a beauty “ever ancient, ever new.” This beautiful work—ancient, yet made anew whenever he and his confreres sing it—serves as a message of hope.

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Excellent polyphonic works by Palestrina and Giovanni Battista Martini (one of Mozart’s teachers) are included along with traditional plainsong:

1. Antiphon Exsultábunt Dómino with Psalm 50
2. Tolling of the Bell
3. Responsory Subveníte Sancti Dei
4. Introit Réquiem ætérnam
5. Kýrie eléison
6. Gradual Réquiem ætérnam
7. Tract Absólve Dómine
8. Sequence Dies iræ
9. Offertory Dómine, Jesu Christe
10. Sanctus
11. Agnus Dei
12. Communion antiphon Lux ætérna
13. Responsory Líbera me
14. Antiphon In paradísum
15. Antiphon Ego sum with the Canticle of Zachary
16. Responsory Qui Lázarum
17. Responsory Dómine quando véneris
18. Responsory Peccántem me
19. Pie Jesu Dómine
20. Réquiem ætérnam

The program notes (SEE ABOVE) say that Fr. Zachary Akers currently serves as music director for the Fraternity in North America, which I did not realize. I’m proud to say he is an old friend of my brother, Mark. Fr. Akers visited our community in October, as these photographs show.