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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 sun, at one moment surrounded with scarlet flame, at another aureoled in yellow and deep purple, seemed to be in an exceedingly swift and whirling movement, at times appearing to be loosened from the sky and to be approaching the earth, strongly radiating heat.”
— Dr. Domingos Pinto Coelho, noted lawyer from Lisbon and chairman of the Bar Association (1917)

PDF Download • “Cheat Sheet” for Easter Vigil
published 20 April 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

WILL UNDOUBTEDLY regret doing this, but below I’ve made available the choir “cheat sheet” we are using this year for the (Pre-1955) Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. Not included are pieces we do in sacred polyphony, such as the KYRIE, GLORIA, and the Communion hymn:

    * *  PDF Download • “Cheat Sheet” for EASTER VIGIL (Pre-1955)

We normally sing the full Gregorian canticles (tracts) after the Prophecies, but this year we are using Psalm Tones because we are outside.

Yes, you heard me correctly…we are outside this year!

You see, our parish has grown so large, we no longer come close to fitting inside our {temporary} church. Until we can purchase a bigger church, we are forced to conduct Holy Week services in a parking lot, underneath a tent that can accommodate 600+ people. It is absolutely remarkable to observe the devotion of these Catholics, who sometimes kneel in a parking lot for 2-3 hours so they can take part in the ancient Catholic rites. Our pastor, Fr. James Fryar, built this temporary altar by hand:

If anybody wins the lottery and wants to buy us a large church, please let me know!