The Turns at Benediction
2018 April 08 by Fr. David Friel

To the Right or to the Left?

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

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

The results are in.

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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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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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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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