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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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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

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English Prayers at EF Mass • How old are they?
published 24 January 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

90605 ITE MISSA EST OW OLD are the English translations found in Extraordinary Form missals? Consider books currently being sold, such as the Campion Hymnal, which uses the Fr. Lasance translation. Or consider the famous “red books” popular in the 1990s. Or go back further, to the 1806 Roman Missal for Use by Laity (Fr. Husenbeth), which underwent numerous editions. Most of them use the same basic translation of the ORDO MISSAE—but how old is it?

I have previously mentioned that, in addition to the many contemporary texts composed specifically for the forthcoming Brébeuf hymnal, we also plan to include a few historic translations. Our research recently revealed a fascinating ORDO MISSAE in Latin & English from the year 1687:

    * *  PDF Download • ORDO MISSAE (Latin & English) … from 1687AD

Here are some excerpts, showing a breathtaking similarity to the English translation most “Latin Mass” Catholics have memorized:

It’s the same one I know—almost verbatim!

I also enjoyed looking at the prayers they included to help the congregation achieve deeper devotion. Some excerpts:

In the full PDF file (above) you’ll find interesting items such as:

A Prayer Before Confession

Prayer Before Receiving the Blessed Sacrament

Short Prayers during the Time of Mass
Necessary for the Better Understanding Thereof