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Tag Archives: ad orientem
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 →
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 →
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 was … Continue reading →
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 →
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 has … Continue reading →
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 in the … Continue reading →
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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 the Council, … Continue reading →
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 to show … Continue reading →
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 our own participation at … Continue reading →
From Joseph Shaw of the Latin Mass Society in England.
An alert reader sent this tweet:
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 Holy Sacrifice … Continue reading →
I would like to echo what my friend, His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan posted about ad orientem worship. HERE
“[T]o explain to an eleven year old server the symbolism of the eastward-facing orientation of the Lady Altar which he used for the … Continue reading →
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 and … Continue reading →
Today the Holy Father celebrated Holy Mass in the Sistine Chapel, now customary on the Novus Ordo’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
He celebrated ad orientem versus, as did Pope Benedict.
A pioneer of the Catholic blogosphere, Amy Welborn, popular before I came onto the stage, has on her site a comment or three about a Mass she experienced.
Here is the part I found most interesting. My emphases:
When I went to … Continue reading →
There is great virtue in simply remaining grounded in the Church’s teachings, following the liturgical books carefully, and minding your p’s and q’s. If nothing else, the Church can help to keep you under control.
That is certainly the case with, … Continue reading →
Yes. He has a point.
The great 20th century liturgist Klaus Gamber said that the single most damaging thing done after and in the name of the Council, was the “turning around” of altars.
His Holiness of our Lord, Pope Francis, recently celebrated Holy Mass ad orientem versus at the tomb of Bl. John Paul II which is in the Vatican Basilica.
I wouldn’t get too worked up about this. Let’s not forget the appalling rearrangement … Continue reading →
From a reader:
A local retired priest wishes to begin offering the EF of the Mass, but he wishes to offer it versus populum. He honestly believes he has that option. Is there a specific Church document forbidding this? If I … Continue reading →