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Card. Sarah’s words to priests and bishops about “turning toward the Lord”

Card. Sarah’s appeal to priests and bishops on 5 July in London: […] I want to make an appeal to all priests. You may have read my article in L’Osservatore Romano one year ago (12 June 2015) or my interview … Continue reading

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A Jesuit reacts to Card. Sarah’s request that priests celebrate “ad orientem”

At Fishwrap (aka National  Schismatic Reporter) there is a reaction to the plea made by His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship to priests around the world to say Mass ad orientem beginning with Advent. Here is … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah: Priests should start saying Mass ‘ad orientem’ at Advent

If as a Church we want to effect something good and lasting, it has to be rooted in our sacred liturgical worship of God.  That’s our source.  That’s our summit.   This is where our identity is most deeply shaped.  We … Continue reading

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Turn towards the Lord!

The esteemed scholar and liturgist Klaus Gamber said that the single most damaging thing that happened in the wake of the Council was the shifting around of orientation at the altar.   In The Spirit of the Liturgy, Joseph Ratzinger picked … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah: “it is essential that the priest and faithful look together towards the east.”

He doesn’t, in this case, mean the Eastern Churches. An argument can be made that the wholly unnecessary and uncalled for turning around of altars in the wake of Vatican II was the single most damaging innovation that occured.   This … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah, Bps. Slattery, Conley, Morlino on “ad orientem” worship

I hold with Klaus Gamber and others that the turning around of Mass, to celebrate versus populum was the single most damaging thing to our Catholic identity.  I hold with Joseph Ratzinger and others that we need to return to ad orientem worship. … Continue reading

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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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