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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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“Partly on account of these alterations, and partly because I have been unable to ascertain the authorship of many compositions—which have come to me either in manuscript or through other collections—I have thought it right to publish the volume without appending the names of writers to their works. This, however, I confess to be a defect…”
— Benjamin Hall Kennedy (1863)

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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.