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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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“We must say it plainly: the Roman rite as we knew it exists no more. It has gone. Some walls of the structure have fallen, others have been altered—we can look at it as a ruin or as the partial foundation of a new building. Think back, if you remember it, to the Latin sung High Mass with Gregorian chant. Compare it with the modern post-Vatican II Mass. It is not only the words, but also the tunes and even certain actions that are different. In fact it is a different liturgy of the Mass.”
— Fr. Joseph Gelineau (1978)

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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.