Ratzinger talks “Ad Orientem” (2003)
2017 January 14 by Jeff Ostrowski

Cardinal Ratzinger’s English is fantastic (as this video shows).


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“Table Altar” vs. “High Altar” (Novus Ordo)
2017 January 02 by Jeff Ostrowski

It’s incorrect to say new Churches must be constructed with table altars.


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“Ad Orientem” • Archbishop Naumann’s Letter
2016 December 06 by Jeff Ostrowski

“…there are, in the core of the Church’s sacramental teaching and experience, good contentions and corollary arguments to be made for both practices.” —Archbishop Naumann


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Bishop of Manchester • Letter Re: “Ad Orientem”
2016 December 05 by Jeff Ostrowski

A $12,000 reward will be given to anyone who can produce a Vatican II document mentioning “celebration facing the people.”


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Chief Reasons For Mass “Facing The People”
2016 September 10 by Jeff Ostrowski

Are you being rude to people sitting in pews behind you?


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His assertion that “smoking out enemies” is best done by appointing them to high positions in the Vatican is absurd.


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Major Media Outlet Re: “Ad Orientem”
2016 August 12 by Jeff Ostrowski

Corpus Christi Watershed is mentioned and cited!


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The people deserve to know the truth. It is time for ignorance to end so that the faithful may develop informed opinions.


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Does Your Bishop Enforce The GIRM?
2016 August 01 by Jeff Ostrowski

They will assume—and why shouldn’t they?—that “approved by the USCCB” applies to the hymns and songs…


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Saints and the “Ad Orientem” Worship
2016 July 23 by Andrew Leung

What did the saints say about celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass facing East?


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Showdown in Arkansas over “Ad Orientem”
2016 July 17 by Jeff Ostrowski

The Bishop of Little Rock has sent a letter (14 July 2016) forbidding his priests to celebrate Mass “ad orientem.”


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Most Rev’d Serratelli says the current rubrics “reflect the real possibility that the celebrant might be facing away from the assembly.”


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Three common misconceptions about the Mass and “ad orientem” worship.


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Shocking Developments From Westminster
2016 July 13 by Jeff Ostrowski

If Cardinal Nichols had simply sent a letter saying why he prefers “versus populum,” I believe that would have been a better choice.


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“No preference is expressed in the liturgical legislation for either position.”


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Breathtaking statements from the Vatican’s chief liturgist who—while on retreat—goes 72 hours without food or water.


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Highlights from Cardinal Sarah’s Lecture at Sacra Liturgia UK 2016


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“Adoremus Bulletin” has uploaded a translation of the CDW Prefect’s document.


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Sacra Liturgia 2015 — Update II
2015 June 03 by Fr. David Friel

Fourteen (14) practical ideas for how a priest might transform his celebration of the Ordinary Form


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A Flawed Translation Of Ritus Servandus?
2015 March 02 by Jeff Ostrowski

Why are the words “ad orientem” never translated?


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A reader from Indonesia kindly sent us these…


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Bishop Conley & Advent “Ad Orientem”
2015 January 25 by Fr. David Friel

The results are in.


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The phrase “ad populum conversus” does appear in the postconciliar books, and no amount of polemical articles can change this fact.


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Weakest Argument Ever Made Against "Ad Orientem"
2014 November 24 by Jeff Ostrowski

Some weren’t happy with Bill Murray’s opinions on the Latin Mass, and a certain editor—in his zeal to refute—made an egregious error.


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Looking East for Advent
2014 November 23 by Fr. David Friel

Bishop Conley proposes celebration “ad orientem” for the season of Advent.


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Can AD ORIENTEM be excluded from the Novus Ordo? Vatican says: “Negatively, and in accordance with the following explanation.”


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John Paul II leads the congregation facing the traditional way during his June 1999 visit to Poland.


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Preconciliar Missal Allowed Mass "Versus Populum"
2014 April 07 by Jeff Ostrowski

These same exact rubrics have been found in Missals published in 1962, 1927, 1943, 1906, and 1886.


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Could this be the missing link explaining why “versus populum” celebrations took over?


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Pope Francis Says Mass "Ad Orientem" … Again!
2014 January 13 by Corpus Christi Watershed

These images come to us from Msgr. Guido Marini’s Facebook page, which has more than 100,000 followers.


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Peculiar Altar Decorations
2013 November 04 by Fr. David Friel

Reimagining the Altar Steps


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Pope Francis Celebrates Mass "Ad Orientem"
2013 November 02 by Jeff Ostrowski

Pope Francis celebrating in this manner was a bit of a surprise, since members of his generation aren’t usually accustomed to “turning their backs on the people.”


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The current Missal was put together with haste, and even the Vatican dicastery had to apologize for all the errors and typos contained in those early 1969 and 1970 directives, as Msgr. Schuler has pointed out.


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More On "Mass Facing The People"
2013 September 27 by Jeff Ostrowski

The current rubrics tell the priest when to turn around and face the people, which would be superfluous if he were already facing them.


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“There is nothing in the Council text about turning altars toward the people.” — Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger


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"I Love Ewe"
2013 July 23 by Jeff Ostrowski

“The altar versus populum is not a new idea brought in by the reforms of Paul VI. The Mass could always be celebrated with the priest facing the people, as indeed it was in Rome and in many other places for centuries. True, it was not the usual way, but it did exist.” — Monsignor Richard J. Schuler


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Should The Priest Face The People At Mass?
2013 July 19 by Jeff Ostrowski

“In the encyclical Mediator Dei, Pius XII regarded as 'archeologists those who presumed to speak of the altar as a simple table.” — Newsletter of the Vatican Congregation of Divine Worship.


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The Latin Mass Has Come Such A Long Way!
2013 April 08 by Jeff Ostrowski

“The greatest problem of the new missal, at least in English-speaking countries, lay in the miserable translation that was imposed upon priests and people. Many prayers were so mistranslated that a student of first-year Latin would have done better.” — Msgr. Richard Schuler, 1984


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