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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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“It is most important that when the faithful assist at the sacred ceremonies … they should sing alternately with the clergy or the choir, as it is prescribed.”
— Pope Pius XI, "Divini Cultus" (20 Dec 1928) §9

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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.