I found a priest’s blog with a charming name: Father Talks Too Fast
Back in October Fr. Joseph Faulkner preached a sermon about ad orientem worship. It’s a little weird at first, but he gets good points across. He posted the audio of the sermon.
Fr Faulkner also posted his explanation of what he’s up to.
“I Wish I Had a Hat” — Ad Orientem
This weekend we inaugurated ad orientem worship at St. Wenceslaus—that is to say, the priest and the people face the same direction at Eucharistic Prayer. We are going to do this as a spiritual exercise for at least a year. There were about ten more things I wanted to say, but the homily was already nineteen minutes long. I will post more later in this blog and in our bulletin.
If you are skeptical about this practice or even frustrated by it, I encourage you to read or listen to this homily slowly and prayerfully. And then I encourage you to experience it. Many a person has thought they were going to hate it but once they gave it a chance they even preferred it.
He has a follow up, to which he links.
Father is pastor in… I’m not making this up… WAHOO, Nebraska.
Moving back to ad orientem worship is urgently needed. We MUST revitalize our sacred liturgical worship. This is the key to the renewal of our Catholic identity and, hence, our effectiveness in the world around us as individuals and as a Church functioning in the wider world.
Out of appreciation for his efforts, I’ve sent Father one of my coffee mugs.