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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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“The Return of the SSPX”
published 5 February 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

OR DECADES, rumors have floated about the SSPX reconciling with Rome. Back in 2002, I made a fool of myself in front of a famous musicologist by insisting (in an excessively adrenalized way) that this was imminent. Memories like that help prevent me from promoting internet rumors, especially those which—if traced to their source—originate with people too cowardly to use their real names. 1

Nevertheless, I would like to share an article that appeared in our (FSSP) Sunday bulletin:

383 SSPX return


Complete bulletins for FSSP.la can be found here.




NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   Reporting anonymous internet rumors is the exact opposite of what we strive for on this blog.