A Feast for the Catholic Spirit
Jeff and Cynthia Ostrowski have created a masterwork. There is simply no other way to describe their Campion Missal & Hymnal, which has been released this year to great acclaim. Richly illustrated with great works of Catholic art, the Campion Missal is destined to be a classic for many decades to come.
Jeff, who has just moved to a new position as music director for a parish being formed in Los Angeles by the Fraternity of St. Peter, took time out of his busy holiday schedule to tell us all about this feast for Catholic eyes – and the Catholic spirit.
Why did you undertake this?
We felt that too many resources for the Extraordinary Form were lacking beauty. Many Traditional parishes were making Xerox copies of this or that item and frantically passing them out before Mass.
Your Campion Missal & Hymnal is revolutionary in some ways, isn’t it?
The Campion Missal & Hymnal provides a number of firsts: (a) The first Extraordinary Form CONGREGATIONAL hymnal; (b) The first Extraordinary Form Missal to contain Low Mass & High Mass—separately—in their entirety; (c) The first Extraordinary Form Missal to contain ancient manuscripts—dating back to the 7th century—in full color; (d) The first Extraordinary Form Missal to contain full-color images of the priest & sacred ministers to help the congregation follow the ceremonies.
Additionally, the complete Gregorian KYRIALE (19 Masses), simple chants, and the full Sunday Mass Propers in Latin/English are printed in exceptionally large type.
What has been the reaction so far?
The response has been overwhelming, but one complaint has come at us constantly: “How can you sell such a huge book, including 120 full-color pages, for such a low price?”
Many people have told us each copy should be sold for a minimum of $55.00, whereas we sell this book for slightly over $20.00 each—since there's currently a 15% discount—because we want to SUPPORT the Traditional Latin Mass and help spread it.
How long did it take to assemble these photos? To create the Missal?
My wife, Cynthia Ostrowski, took all the photographs. The first set (Fribourg, Switzerland) was taken at one session, and the second set (Rome, Italy) was taken during another session. Creating the Missal took several years, owing to the rare woodcuts we had to locate, digitize, and process.
How many pages does it have?
It has 992 pages, and 120 are in full-color.
Why do people like it?
People especially like the Missal for three reasons: (a) The beautiful line art we use for each feast; (b) The fact that this is CONGREGATIONAL book means families do not have to carry their Missals back and forth to the Church, which is hard with young children; (c) It contains inside one book the full Mass Propers as well as the only CONGREGATIONAL hymnal for the Extraordinary Form.
Where can people learn more about the Campion Missal & Hymnal?
At our website
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