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Tag Archives: ad orientem
I don’t know about you, but I needed some good news. Here’s some good news. His Excellency Most Rev. James S. Wall, Bishop of Gallup, on 22 July, Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, issued a letter to the people of … Continue reading →
The rubrics of the Novus Ordo Missale Romanum and the tradition of many centuries have the priest at the altar facing liturgical East. That is to say, as he celebrates Holy Mass with a congregation present, there are moments when … Continue reading →
From an old friend of mine in my native place, Fr Tom Dufner, a great priest. We’ve been doing ad orientem at daily Mass on and off for a few months. We’ve put several articles in the bulletin to prepare the … Continue reading →
The other day I visited the chapel of an important Marian apparition. There were many pilgrims including groups of young people. A worker nun breezily made a sort of bow to the Blessed Sacrament as she passed before the tabernacle. … Continue reading →
At The Catholic Thing, Anthony Esolen has again posted a clear-eyed piece about effeminacy in the Church. Here’s a foray into his piece: Vesting in Lavender Do you remember a time, readers, when you could spend a whole day, actually … Continue reading →
Not long ago, Robert Card. Sarah penned a preface for a recent book (HERE) about Communion in the hand. The Cardinal Prefect of the CDW argues that various forces and practices have diminished faith in the Eucharist. Some of those … Continue reading →
From a reader… Dear Father, I been trying to find and answer to a question about Ad Orientem worship facing west. Is it licit? Can churches hampered by modern architecture still worship Ad Orientem? Thanks in advance. From the earliest days, and … Continue reading →
You long time readers might remember that I posted photos of a “table” altar being hauled by some men out of a church and over the the rectory. That was in 2013. Five years ago. That’s when St. Mary’s in … Continue reading →
This afternoon there is to be a Solemn Mass at the beautiful and massive St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago (NB: at the time of this writing, their website comes up with music… grrrr). They are celebrating their 150th year. They … Continue reading →
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hello Father. I recently asked my Pastor if he would ever celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass ad orientem. He replied that a dispensation is required from our Bishop. I’ve never heard such a thing. Could this be … Continue reading →
A while back I posted about the first TLM celebrated in decades at a famous North Side Chicago Church, St. Stanislaw Kostka. HERE Now I’ve received additional good news about that same church. They will have ad orientem worship beginning in … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
Unless and until we get our act together regarding sacred liturgical worship, no initiative we undertake in the Church at any level will bear the fruits we hope for. We need widespread, generous use of the older, traditional form of … Continue reading →
UPDATE 20 Sept: Some of the comments have spurred me to add a POLL to the post. ___ Originally posted Sep 29, 2017 These days I have not been watching nightly news and cable commentary and I am leaps and bounds more … Continue reading →
The other day I had the privilege of meeting with a group of the Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulcher to talk about the Novus Ordo, the TLM and so forth. In talking about celebration of Mass I brought … Continue reading →