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The importance – and legitimacy – of ‘ ad orientem ‘ worship

I bring to the readership’s attention a letter that was issued by His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.  A priest friend reminded me of this letter in an email. It … Continue reading

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How did ‘ad orientem’ worship go in the Diocese of Lincoln?

Do you remember that in the Diocese of Lincoln, Bishop Conley decided to celebrated Holy Mass ad orientem versus during Advent?  HERE The blog Corpus Christi Watershed has a follow up on how that went.  Sample: A number of other parishes … Continue reading

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Turning to the East in the Diocese of Lincoln – UPDATED

UPDATED: see below ORIGINALLY POSTED on: Nov 21, 2014 The late-great liturgist Klaus Gamber, who also influenced Joseph Ratzinger (also known by another name), said that turning around the altars was the single most damaging change that happened in the name of … Continue reading

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Why can 5th graders figure out what many priests don’t?

From a reader: I am one of two Altar Boy Deans in charge of my parish’s 112 Altar boys. Yesterday I was assisting our Altar boy director in training new recruits to the program (5th graders). He had asked me … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Ways to improve celebration of Mass with Novus Ordo

From a reader: We are trying to help make a very reverent Ordinary Form mass. Any suggestions? We thought Ad Orientem and Sung Propers might be a good start! Any other suggestions? Right off the bat, we can all improve … Continue reading

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“The priest has his back to the people!” (Not.) VIDEO

From Joseph Shaw of the Latin Mass Society in England.

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Ex ore infantium… perfecisti laudem!

An alert reader sent this tweet:

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Mass ‘Ad orientem’. It just makes sense.

I saw something good at St. Peter’s List which in turn offered something from Fr. Kirby at Vultus Christi.  Read the whole thing over there but… and this is from a priest’s perspective: 10 Advantages of [having Mass] Ad Orientem 1. The … Continue reading

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“It is all the more effective for being so simple.”

I would like to echo what my friend, His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan posted about ad orientem worship.  HERE Hint: “[T]o explain to an eleven year old server the symbolism of the eastward-facing orientation of the Lady Altar which he used … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: The fruits of ‘ad orientem’ worship in a parish.

My friend Fr. Richard Heilman, who seems to have mastered perpetual motion, has a great letter to a priest posted at his place. You will recall that I posted photos of Fr. H dragging the table altar out of church … Continue reading

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