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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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“Reproaches” for Good Friday (Recording)
published 15 April 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

Many people have been sending us messages, asking for the below videos. In fact, we posted them last year—but perhaps some don’t realize that. It is against our policy to post things previously released; so please forgive this exception.


HE FOLLOWING BOOKLET below is for the Extraordinary Form (“1955 Holy Week”) but the music is almost identical to the Ordinary Form. (Except for the Crucem Tuam antiphon, which seems to have been shifted to a different spot in the 1970s.)

    * *  PDF Download • “Musician’s Guide to Good Friday”


Here are Mp3 versions:

Mp3 Audio • Part 1 of 2

Mp3 Audio • Part 2 of 2

The link is easy to remember: ccwatershed.org/friday/

Someone has talked about how missalette companies either delete or modify the Reproaches, even though they’re 100% part of the authentic “Ordinary Form” Rite. I’ve always been puzzled by attempts to render this beautiful ceremony into English—especially when people delete the Latin but leave the Greek untouched!

As you can see, the rubrics specifying which cantors sing when are quite ancient:

234 Good Friday Reproaches


What can be said of the prayers for Good Friday? Who could meditate upon them without being moved? My first chant teacher, Fr. Peter Gee, always said his favorite chants were the ones for Good Friday, and I think he was right.