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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 authority of the Pope is not unlimited. It is at the service of Sacred Tradition. Still less is any kind of general ‘freedom’ of manufacture, degenerating into spontaneous improvisation, compatible with the essence of faith and liturgy. The greatness of the liturgy depends—we shall have to repeat this frequently—on its lack of spontaneity.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (2000)

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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.