During a conference in London last summer, Robert Card. Sarah famously made a prayerful and earnest personal suggestion that priests begin to say Holy Mass ad orientem beginning with Advent. Advent begins on Sunday.
Of course the Cardinal was speaking as an individual churchman, rather than in his capacity as Prefect of the CDW. He also included the usual clear statements about prudence and catechesis and circumstances, etc.
The Left quite simply had a calf!
That said, priests are paying attention to men like Card. Sarah, whose mind and heart are revealed in books such as his amazing God Or Nothing, which every priest and bishop should read. Give your priests this book for Christmas! UK HERE USA HERE
Contrast the attitude of Card. Sarah, as communicated in his book, with the attitude of those who attack him.
I am getting notes that priests, indeed, “turning towards the Lord”.
For example, I had a note from a reader:
Our local parish (St. Mary) here in Anacortes, WA is continuing to bring the sense of the sacred back into the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
This past weekend our Priest included the following bulletin insert announcing ad orientem for weekday Masses this Advent! As you can see, he’s built on a solid groundwork of catechesis (including some of his predecessors here at the parish).
Exciting, courageous, and beautiful – I’m looking forward to it!
Attached was this image (sorry, not a text):
Only weekday Masses.. but…
Brick by brick!
Also, I note that a priest friend of mine with three parishes, who took one of the parishes ad orientem a few years ago with great success, is now going ad orientem with his other two parishes.
Brick by brick!