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Tag Archives: ad orientem
UPDATE: COMMENTS CLOSED. ___ Originally Published on: Jan 19, 2017 @ 14:25 ___ I received a copy of a letter sent by the Bishop of Rockford, Most Rev. David J. Malloy, to the priests of that diocese. In this letter, a follow … Read More →
I am delighted to post that henceforth all Masses celebrated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near La Crosse, WI will be celebrated ad orientem. HERE […] In his homilies for both the Third Sunday of Advent and the … Read More →
Our Official Parodohymnodist, Fr. Tim Ferguson, has come through with a veritable scitament, a new version of an Advent hymn which most of you will recognize. To the hymn: People Look East 1. People, look east except the priest, The reform has … Read More →
From a priest… QUAERITUR: Fr Z, After my entry into the Catholic Church from Anglicanism and ordination as a Catholic priest, I approached the Archbishop about offering the Mass ad orientem. His guidance to me was to “catechize the people” … Read More →
I am getting notes from people about changes at parishes to ad orientem worship. For example, from reader: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Big River, WI began ad orientem worship on Sunday. Our pastor, Fr. Kevin Louis, has been … Read More →
I hope you readers out there will post about the changes effected in parishes concerning ad orientem worship for Holy Mass. Did you see priests “turning towards the Lord”? I’ve been hearing about some places in email. ¡Hagan lío! Report! For my … Read More →
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 … Read More →
I had a note from a priest that St. Joseph the Worker in Berkeley, CA is going ad orientem as of Advent. What I found most interesting, is something that the pastor wrote to the people before he gets into explanations of the … Read More →
You might remember Robert Mickens. He used to be a correspondent for an ultra-liberal UK weekly The Pill (aka The Tablet). He lost his position when, channeling his inner Icarus, he engaged in seriously nasty comments about Pope Benedict in … Read More →
Three years ago today, I posted about Pope Francis celebrating Holy Mass ad orientem versus at a side altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, where John Paul II is. HERE I wrote then: His Holiness of our Lord, Pope Francis, recently celebrated … Read More →
I receive this from a reader… I thought you might be interested in this; it at least is new to me. In Waterbury, Connecticut this morning, I came across this version of “Now Thank We All Our God” in WLP’s … Read More →
In the recent number of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is a blurb which informs us that Benedict XVI contributed some text for a book on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the election of … Read More →
His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison and Extraordinary Ordinary, has a column in the recent number of the diocesan newspaper which connect three topics that you might not be immediately inclined to connect. Eschatology (theology of … Read More →
At Sandro Magister’s place there are some English translations of selected paragraphs – fantastic paragraphs – from Robert Card. Sarah’s new book, with Nicholas Diat, out only in French for the moment, La force du silence. Contre la dictature du bruit (Fayard, Paris, … Read More →
His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah was interviewed by a French newspaper at the time of the release of his latest book on the power of silence. The book is, as I write, available in French. The National Catholic Register has made … Read More →
“We become a mighty army marching toward the place of the rising sun to meet the Lord led by the priest. That’s who we really are. As we offer the Eucharistic sacrifice, we march together toward the East to go … Read More →
The single most damaging change made in the name of, the “spirit” of the Second Vatican Council, was the “turning around” of our altars. We should recover ad orientem worship. The video highlights the Traditional Latin Mass, but ee need ad … Read More →
I’ve written about Prof. Robert Spaemann before (e.g., HERE). Even though German theologians today set a low bar for clarity and orthodoxy, Spaemann is clearly the best working theologian among them. And he is faithful. He is quite close to … Read More →
In an email exchange I had, and a conversation with a priest friend, a couple ideas came up. Context: Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made a plea to priests to begin offering Holy Mass ad orientem versus. … Read More →
UPDATE 25 July: I just received one of my new mugs! This is one with both English and Latin. They are spiffy! As the GIRM WARS heat up over the catalytic movement in favor of ad orientem worship, I thought it might … Read More →