Here is a call to priests who have implemented ad orientem worship in their parishes.
The renowned liturgical scholar Fr. Klaus Gamber – who influenced also the liturgical theology of Joseph Ratzinger – thought that perhaps more than any other change after the Council, the turned around versus populum Mass did the greatest damage.
His Holiness Pope Benedict has for years developed a liturgical theological view of Holy Mass ad orientem versus, turned to the liturgical (not necessarily geographical) East. WDTPRS has presented his thought many times in entries and PODCAzTs (for example here and here and here).
I found this interesting "pastor’s page" on the site Printed As Preached, by a Fr. Cávana Wallace in San Diego. Also, I was recently at a parish where ad orientem worship has been gently implemented on occasion in what was a real "AmChurch" style parish. It seems to be working well!
Brick by brick.
This got me thinking.
From time to time I have reported on WDTPRS about priests who have implemented ad orientem worship in their parishes. They have generally started some catechesis beforehand. They have had successes. They have had problems.
There are always bound to be people who don’t like something, no matter what it is that is done in a parish. They complain to the bishop or try to rouse people up against the priest (perhaps forgetting to be grateful that their parish has a priest).
I suggest that ONLY PRIESTS who have implemented ad orientem worship in their parishes, occasional or frequent or exclusive, share here their experiences… the obstacles and positives, the complaints and the kudos, together with the practical details of what they have done and what happened afterward.
I hesitate to leave the combox open on this. No matter how many times I say that I want to hear from priests, the whole world will start posting. Thus, I ask the Reverend Fathers to e-mail me with their comments, which I was post for them. You can request anonymity, of course.
I would like to get some meaty, focused information here, including practical tips and strategies for implementing ad orientem worship.
Once I get some offerings from priests, then I can open the combox for priests to discuss what the priests posted… if you get my drift.