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Tag Archives: ad orientem
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 a whole … 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 in keeping … 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 Pine Bluff, … 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 have … Continue reading →
From a reader…
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 true? Thanks … 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 Advent.
This is … 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 the … 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 the … 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 cheerful. Similarly, the less … 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 →
I had a note from a reader about a parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit which moved towards ad orientem worship last January. It seems that someone got her panties in a twist about it and wrote a nastygram email to … Continue reading →
From a reader…
I am a convert to the faith 27 years ago and was just recently ordained a permanent Deacon. I am curios as to why celebrating the mass ad orientum and reception on the tongue exclusively are preferable. I … Continue reading →
Robert Card. Sarah is quite simply terrific and profound. He opened a conference on Sacred Liturgy in Milan with clear, simple, deep, and urgent remarks about what is needed in our liturgical worship today.
Read Card. Sarah’s great book The Power … Continue reading →
For decades priests have done all sorts of goofy things to Mass and bishops did little or nothing to safeguard our sacred worship.
Almost a year ago Robert Card. Sarah called for priests to celebrate Mass ad orientem more often, where possible, prudently … Continue reading →