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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 late as 1834, British society had many restrictions on any person not adhering to the Anglican church. For example, Roman Catholics could not attend a university, serve on a city council, be a member of Parliament, serve in the armed forces, or even serve on a jury.”
— Regarding the Church of Henry VIII

Christ The King Sunday (5th in October)
published 26 October 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

These musical programs are for FSSP.la, the new FSSP Apostolate in Los Angeles. Bring your family to the High Mass (SAINT VICTOR, 8634 Holloway Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069) at 7:00pm every Sunday.




PDF Score (Singer)   •   Practice Audio (Singer)   •   Organist

We also add a polyphonic section, which is #4550.

INTROIT   •   Sometimes the ladies sing this.

PDF Score (Singer)   •   Practice Audio (Singer)


We are singing #5294 (KYRIE “Iste Sanctus” by Guerrero)


We will sing #5612.


Psalm Tone Version

Eventually, we might learn this version—but that decision will come later.

CREDO IV   •   Alternatim

We may sing #5984 by Machaut.

We also sometimes sing this version: #3445.   But sometimes we sing in unison.


PDF Score (Singer)


Organist will play.


We will sing the Palestrina #6962 (“Te saeculorum”)

Sometimes we sing #3496 paired with #2999.

Sometimes we sing Sanctus from Mass XIII. The complete “Kyriale” (Ordinarium Missae) can be found at St. Antoine Daniel.


We will sing #6926 Palestrina (Te Sæculorum).


We will sing #7554.

Before long we will begin work on a setting by Giovanni Gabrieli.


This will be sung by chosen soloists.




O Sanctissima is #4456, and we’re trying to learn the SATB sections.

RECESSIONAL HYMN   •   #858 Crown Him With Many Crowns

From the Campion Hymnal.

CHOIR PRAYER (from CAMPION HYMNAL) happens after attendance is taken:

Reflection by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Pilate, finding the Prisoner still silent, was full of wrath, for he was accustomed to seeing the accused crawling in dread before him. “What?” said Pilate, “hast Thou no word for me? Dost Thou not know that I have power to crucify Thee and power to release Thee?” (John 19:10) Pilate spoke of his power to release or to condemn. But if the Prisoner before him were innocent, Pilate had no power to crucify; if he were guilty, he had not power to release. The judge is judged. Our Blessed Lord spoke at once, reminding Pilate that any judicial authority which he had came not from Caesar but from God. Pilate had boasted of the arbitrariness of his power, but Christ referred him to a power that is delegated to men. “Thou wouldst not have any power over Me at all, if it had not been given thee from above.” (John 19:11) The power that Pilate boasted was “given”. Whether a governor, king or ruler knows it or not, all earthly authority is derived from on high. “By Me kings reign”, said the Book of Proverbs.

This bold rebuke of Pilate, reminding him of his dependence upon God, stirred his efforts more than ever toward “releasing Him”. Pilate went outside to meet the mob and reaffirm the innocence of the Prisoner. But the mob had their clever answer ready: “Thou art no friend of Caesar, if thou dost release Him; the man Who pretends to be a King is Caesar’s rival.” (John 19:12) It was very strange that the mob who despised Caesar for his massacres, for all the harm that he had done them, and for his prostitution of the temple, now proclaimed that they had no king but Caesar. By proclaiming Caesar as their king, they renounced the idea of a Messias and made themselves vassals of the Empire, thus preparing for the Roman armies that swallowed up Jerusalem within a generation. The terrors of Tiberius seemed more real to Pilate than the denying of justice to Christ. But in the end, those who fear men rather than God lose that which they hoped men would preserve for them.

When Pilate heard the threat to inform Caesar of his partiality to a man whom they accused of being an enemy of Caesar, Pilate sat down in his judgement seat. Pointing to the Prisoner robed in dried blood, crowned with thorns and a scarlet cloak, he said to the people: “See, here is your King.” But they cried out, “Away with Him; away with Him, crucify Him.” (John 19:14-15) Pilate asked: “What, shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered: “We have no King but Caesar.” (John 19:15)

And the king took them at their word!   “Thereupon Pilate gave Jesus up into their hands, to be crucified.” (John 19:16)