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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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“By a decree of the synod of the diocese of Exeter in 1284, no one should claim any seat in a church; but whoever first entered a church for the purpose of devotion, might choose at his pleasure a place for praying.”
— A work by Fr. Husenbeth (d. 1872)

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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.