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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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“We must say it plainly: the Roman rite as we knew it exists no more. It has gone. Some walls of the structure have fallen, others have been altered—we can look at it as a ruin or as the partial foundation of a new building. Think back, if you remember it, to the Latin sung High Mass with Gregorian chant. Compare it with the modern post-Vatican II Mass. It is not only the words, but also the tunes and even certain actions that are different. In fact it is a different liturgy of the Mass.”
— Fr. Joseph Gelineau (1978)

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A Dramatic Moment
published 10 September 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

At the Traditional Latin Mass, a dramatic moment happens on Holy Saturday Night. Three things return all at once: the BELLS, the GLORIA, and the ORGAN.

Somebody took a video of our ceremony on 31 March 2018:


I whispered to the organist (Ethan Haman) what was required, and somehow he knew exactly what I needed from him. If the singing voices sound strained, remember that this ceremony was three hours long—in the middle of the night! I hope to divide the choirs next year, so that a single choir is not responsible for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. The priests shown in the video are members of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. The FSSP recently dedicated a church in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, called Saint Vitus.

The 1962 Missal—fully approved by the Catholic Church—is known as the Extraordinary Form. Starting in 2007, no priest of the Latin Rite needs permission from the bishop to offer this ancient rite. Our FSSP parish had permission from Rome this year to use the pre-1955 Holy Week, as I have explained.