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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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Pope Gelasius in his 9th Letter to the Bishops of Lucania condemned the evil practice which had been introduced of women serving the priest at the celebration of Mass. Since this abuse had spread to the Greeks, Innocent IV strictly forbade it in his letter to the Bishop of Tusculum: “Women should not dare to serve at the altar; they should be altogether refused this ministry.” We too have forbidden this practice in the same words in Our oft-repeated constitution “Etsi Pastoralis” (§6, #21)
— Pope Benedict XIV • Encyclical “Allatae Sunt” (26 July 1755)

Musical Resources • Palm Sunday (1962)
published 7 April 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

These musical programs are for FSSP.la, the new FSSP Apostolate in Los Angeles.


Asperges is omitted.

There is a special ceremony & procession before Mass, described HERE.

FSSP.la choir will assemble in the choir loft, and setup as usual. Then, immediately before the opening rites, they go downstairs. The music required for FSSP.la is:

“Hosánna Fílio Dávid”

“Púeri Hebraeórum”

“Glória Laus”

AS THE PRIEST ENTERS   •   Sung by the men only.

“Ingrediénte Dómino”   •   Score   •   Mp3

INTROIT   •   Sung by the men.

PDF Score (Singer)


We will sing #6995.

We also know a KYRIE with three sections: #3347, #3661, and #7332.


The GLORIA is not said from Septuagesima Sunday until Easter,
except on Maundy Thursday, Holy Saturday, and Feast days.


There is no Alleluia until Easter arrives.

As always, the verses are found in our Goupil Gradual books.

CREDO III   •   Alternatim

For the first time ever at FSSP.la, we will do Credo III from the Campion hymnals.

Does the 1955 Pius XII “Revised” Holy Week have a CREDO
on Palm Sunday?   Yes, it does.   That’s from a 1956 book by
Frederick R. McManus that deals with “The New Holy Week.”


PDF Score (Singer)


#4063 “Te Saeculorum” (RAPHAËL MERCIER)


Choir members should be learning #6962 and #6926.

We also know #3496.


We will sing #4347 by Du Fay.


#3316 • Lenten Hymn “Herzliebster Jesu”

COMMUNION ANTIPHON   •   Sung by the ladies.

PDF Score (Singer)   •   Practice Audio (Singer)

Accompanied from the “color” markings posted on Saint Goupil, printed with a color printer.

RECESSIONAL HYMN   •   #837 O Sacred Head, Surrounded

From the Campion Hymnal.

CHOIR PRAYER (from CAMPION HYMNAL) happens after attendance is taken:

First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee,
Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Pilate, the time-serving politician, stepped forward on his sunlit portico. On his right stood Christ, the Just One who came to give His life for the redemption of many; on his left stood Barabbas, the wicked one, who had incited a revolt and taken a life. Pilate asked the mob to choose between the two: “Whether you will that I release unto you, Christ, or Barabbas”?

How would I have answered that question, had I been in the courtyard that Good Friday morning? I cannot escape answering by saying that the question belongs only to the past, for it is as actual now as ever. My conscience is the tribunal of Pilate. Daily, hourly, and every minute of the day, Christ comes before that tribunal, as virtue, honesty and purity. Barabbas comes as vice, dishonesty and uncleanness. As often as I choose to speak the uncharitable word, do the dishonest action, or consent to the evil thought, I say in so many words, “Release unto me, Barabbas,” and to choose Barabbas means to crucify Christ.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O Jesus, many times in my life I have preferred Barabbas to Thee. There is no way that I can undo that choice, but to make my way to Thy feet, and beg Thy forgiveness. But that is so humiliating, for Thou wearest the garment of a fool, and Thou bearest in Thy hand the reed sceptre of a mock king. It is so hard to do penance and admit that I am guilty! It is so hard to be seen with Thee, who art wearing Thy crown of thorns. It is hard! But let me see, Jesus, that it is harder to wear the crown of thorns!