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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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“One must pray to God not only with theologically precise formulas, but also in a beautiful and dignified way. The Christian community must make an examination of conscience so that the beauty of music and song will return increasingly to the liturgy.”
— Pope Saint John Paul II (26 February 2003)

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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
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