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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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“Although the Mass contains much instruction for the faithful, it has nevertheless not seemed expedient to the fathers that it be celebrated everywhere in the vernacular. The holy synod commands pastors and everyone who has the care of souls to explain frequently during the celebration of the Masses, either themselves or through others, some of the things that are read in the Mass, and among other things to expound some mystery of this most Holy Sacrifice, especially on Sundays and feastdays.”
— Council of Trent, XII:8 (1562)

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Ratzinger talks “Ad Orientem” (2003)
published 14 January 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

In this 2003 video, Cardinal Ratzinger speaks of ad orientem celebration:


He also speaks about a future document favorable to the Traditional Mass:


Did you catch what Cardinal Ratzinger said at the end? That’s almost identical to what would appear in Summorum Pontificum (motu proprio) of 7 July 2007:

“There is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal. In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture. What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.”

If anyone wants to provide transcripts of these videos, we will gladly post them.