D. Providence – Ash Wednesday “ad orientem” with the Bishop

Ad-Orientem-Cartoon-Meme-640x578My friend Fr. Jay Finelli (“iPadre“) informed me that His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas Tobin, Bishop of Providence, will celebrate Holy Mass at their Cathedral at 12:05… ad orientem.  The bulletin for the Cathedral says:

“The use of this approved [superior] liturgical option will be done on this occasion to symbolize the goal of our Lenten journey – that is to be converted, to return to the Lord”.

I would only ask: Isn’t that the goal every day of the year?

I am pleased anytime any Novus Ordo Mass is celebrated ad orientem.

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  1. iPadre says:

    I love our bishop. He is courageous in many ways.

  2. Blaine says:

    Fr. Finelli, I’ve probably mentioned a half dozen times here, Bishop Tobin confirmed me in the Diocese of Youngstown in the late ’90’s. I was a punk kid who had no idea what kind of man he was, what confirmation was, or why that moment was so important. To say I blundered it is a major understatement but I pray for Bishop Tobin all the time now. I just wish maybe he would have slapped me harder, or included one upside the head!

  3. L. says:

    This is admirable. The announcement, though, (“goal of our Lenten journey”) mentioned something that I wonder about: When did “journey” become routine Catholic cant? I hear it in every Sunday homily now, but it seems to me that it’s something I never heard until recently.

  4. Discerning Altar Boy says:

    The other day I commented that I longed for the blessed day when our Most Reverend Bishop would celebrate ad orientem in our great cathedral. It seems my pryaers have been answered. Honestly, all
    I can say about this is DEO GRATIAS!!!! I am so happy for Bishop Tobin, and our great Diocese of Providence.

  5. JohnNYC says:

    DEO GRATIAS!!!!!!! This native Newporter hopes that His Excellency’s Catholicity can finally spread southwards from the capitol in Providence down to the “Catholic-Lite/Marty-Haugen/de-facto-Protestant versions of Catholicism which plague the parishes of Aquidneck Island. I am blessed to call Fr. Finelli of Tiverton’s Holy Ghost Church a friend and look forward to returning to Rhode Island for 25th anniversary of “The iPadre” as a priest, which is currently planned as a Missa Solemnis this coming Trinity Sunday (June 11, 2017). Be there or be square. ;-)

  6. Kathleen10 says:

    Bishop Tobin is a gem. Honestly I don’t know how he manages in such a state as RI. Hard core Leftists are everywhere. He is a man among men, surely.

  7. Sonshine135 says:

    Brick by brick. If creeping incrementalism can go one way, it can go the other as well.

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