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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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"In accord with no. 55 of the instruction of the Congregation of Rites on music in the liturgy (March 5, 1967), the Conference of Bishops has determined that vernacular texts set to music composed in earlier periods may be used in liturgical services even though they may not conform in all details with the legitimately approved versions of liturgical texts (November, 1967). This decision authorizes the use of choral and other music in English when the older text is not precisely the same as the official version."
— Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States (November, 1969)

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Quote Video • “Legislation on Sacred Music”
published 17 March 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

E HAVE OFTEN EMPHASIZED the dangers of “legal positivism.” We have also reluctantly pointed out that there is “no salvation from decrees.” This is not very hard to understand. Consider how singing the Pater Noster with the priest was absolutely forbidden (in a High Mass) in 1962, but five years later, Musicam Sacram declared: “The Lord’s Prayer is best performed by the people together with the priest.” What had changed in those five years? And thousands more examples could cited. Please note that I would never deny the pope had the authority to enact liturgical changes. I’m merely pointing out that our Lord never promised every liturgical change would be prudent. A book of liturgical post-conciliar legislation is 1,496 pages long, and no sane person would contend that all those rules are helpful—especially the contradictory ones!

In any event, I stumbled onto this video with church music quotes—produced by Six Candle Studios—which some will find thought-provoking:


Not every reader will agree with every statement made in this video. But that just makes life more fun, right?