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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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"The Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli

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PDF • “The Book of Ceremonies” (629 pages)
published 17 January 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

455 Sperabo HAVE NO CLUE how this invaluable 629-page book ended up on my hard drive. The author is Rev. Laurence John O’Connell, who at one time served as Master of Ceremonies for Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary (a.k.a. “Mundelein”). The entire book is written in English, whereas others—such as the one by Fr. Wapelhorst—are completely in Latin.

Since it’s public domain, I wanted to share it with you:

    * *  PDF BOOK OF CEREMONIES (629 pages)

The book is nothing short of stupendous, and reminds us how seriously Catholics in the “old days” took the sacred liturgy. Moreover, the book contains extensive information for priests on how to chant the readings—as well as a breathtaking glossary of liturgical terms.

That such a book could be produced during the height of WWII is remarkable.