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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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The Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

Scott Hahn: “Thomas More & John Fisher”
published 26 September 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

VEN THOSE FAMILIAR with the lives of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher will enjoy this 2016 talk by Dr. Scott Hahn:

In the traditional Roman rite, today is the feast of the Eight Jesuit Martyrs of North America—our patrons at CCW. But we honor and appreciate all saints, especially the English Martyrs.

Saint John Fisher was known as the most learnèd and holy man in all of Europe, which is remarkable because the absolute greatest centers of learning were on the continent. 1

Saint Fisher met death with a calm dignified courage which profoundly impressed those present. His body was treated with particular rancor—apparently on King Henry’s orders—being stripped and left on the scaffold until the evening, when it was taken on pikes and thrown naked into a rough grave in the churchyard of All Hallows’ Barking. Fisher’s head was stuck upon a pole on London Bridge, but its rosy and lifelike appearance excited so much attention that, after two weeks, it was thrown into the Thames—its place being taken by that of Sir Thomas More, whose execution (also at Tower Hill) occurred on 6 July.

In the early 16th century, it was said that St. John Fisher was the only bishop in all of England who did not have a concubine. Therefore, our current century is not the first to contain bishops who betray Christ. Indeed, the first “collegial act” undertaken by the Catholic bishops is described in the Matthew 26:56—They all fled.


1   Of course, the University of Cambridge was no dump, either!