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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 would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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!