Our leaders and pastors must open their eyes to the obvious.
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I wanted to email you and let you know some good developments at the Newman Center at Wichita State University. The pastor has decided that during some renovation in the sanctuary, he is going to celebrate Mass ad orientem. The response has been very positive, and I think this is particularly important because this is at a college campus which, obviously, caters to younger people (who are looking for tradition).
The pastor released an explanatory insert in the bulletin, which has some great quotes by current students as well. You can see it HERE.
Some other local parishes have been adding ad orientem Masses, and this is just the most recent of those. Good news for the Diocese of Wichita!
Card. Sarah was right to call on more priests to celebrate Holy Mass ad orientem. HERE
This is an important step in the revitalization of our sacred worship and the recovery of our identity.
Quotes from students in the aforementioned letter:
“My whole perception of the mass changed when all of our focus and direction, including the priest, was directed towards the Eucharist, It wasn’t me, the priest, and Jesus. It was just me and our Lord.”
“Celebrating Mass in this way has brought about a more rich understanding for me. I have been able to enter more deeply into the Mass…”
“Having Mass celebrated Ad Orientem gives me a greater sense of the reality of the Priest offering the sacrifice to God.”
Make it a movement.
Fr. Z kudos.