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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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Video • “Subveníte Sancti Dei” (Requiem)
published 15 October 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE FEAST OF ALL SOULS (2 November) will be here soon. We’ve been working on adding all the Requiem chants to St. René Goupil…and we’re making good progress.

Today, we added the Subveníte:


It would be difficult to find a more consoling text.

Why not visit the Goupil website and check out what we’ve accomplished so far? Use the search function for “requiem.”


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This prayer is a Responsory, something which follows its own logic. Progressive liturgists hate structures such as the Responsory, because they don’t make “sense” to them. However, for those willing to enter into the sacred liturgy’s logic, the structure is beautiful and powerful.