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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 Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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First Solemn Mass • Fr. Joseph Favole, FSSP
published 12 June 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

OR A YEAR after ordination, a newly-ordained priest can give special blessings and offer several “first Masses,” with powerful indulgences. Moreover, it’s a beautiful custom to devoutly kiss the hands of a newly-ordained. We are thrilled that the “capstone” to Sacred Music Symposium 2017 will be a First Solemn Mass offered by Rev. Joseph Favole, FSSP, ordained on 26 May 2017:

    * *  PDF Solemn Mass, 29 June 2017 (Thursday)

148 Fr. Joseph Favole FSSP


A beautiful potluck is planned for after the Mass, and beforehand—at 6:15pm—we will sing Solemn Vespers in the Church.

Please invite your friends!