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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 should be borne in mind that there is no preference expressed in the liturgical legislation for either “versus populum” or “ad orientem.” Since both positions enjoy the favor of law, the legislation may not be invoked to say that one position or the other accords more closely with the mind of the Church.
— Congregation for Divine Worship (Vatican City), 10 April 2000

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Brébeuf #661 • “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
published 6 August 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

HAT SETS APART the Brébeuf Hymnal is its Catholic structure. It does not mimic or “build upon” Protestant collections. It is a Roman Catholic hymnal, and the core of the book consists of the authentic Catholic hymns. The editors, however, did not completely exclude Protestant hymnody—and those who look carefully will discover a few selections written by non-Catholics.

The following is an example:


Yes, choirmasters—it’s okay to start thinking about Advent, which will be here before we know it.