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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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“As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people-whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter.”
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler, peritus of Vatican II

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How Is The “Kiss of Peace” Done Properly?
published 27 July 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

HEN I SERVED as Master of Ceremonies in the 1990s, I got the PAX (“Kiss of Peace”) and gave it to the Thurifer. Years later, a priest told me this was a liturgical abuse. In his famous ceremonies book, Fr. Adrian Fortescue (page 105) says Thurifer and Master of Ceremonies do receive the PAX—but this was 100 years ago, so there’s a real question whether he assumes those people will be clerics.

In this FSSP video, the M.C. and Thurifer do receive the PAX. However, they are also clerics—so this might muddy the question:


For centuries, the Kiss of Peace has ceased to be an actual kiss. Fortescue describes it thus:

The kiss of peace at Mass is given in this way. The two persons stand facing each other with hands joined. The one who is to receive the kiss bows. Then the one who gives it lays his hands on the shoulders of the other; the receiver puts his arms under those of him who gives it. Both bow the head over the left shoulder of the other. The one who gives the kiss says “Pax tecum.” The other answers “Et cum spiritu tuo.” Then they stand again with folded hands facing each other, and both bow.

When it comes to Italian liturgical terms, I love what Fortescue says here:

096 Fortescue Italian Terms


By the way, the “Agnus Dei” in the video was sung by the 2017 Sacred Music Symposium.