This year, the priest at my parish will be offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ad orientem on Fridays during Lent. I wrote the following “explainer” to help my parishioners understand what’s going on and why.
I find it interesting that the “Order of the Mass without a congregation” also tells the priest when he should face the Altar and when he not should face the Altar.
I did some digging—and the results aren’t pretty. I hope Bishop Christensen will immediately retract his directive, which contains false statements.
See for yourself. On the left is the letter from 2020; on the right is a blog from 2016.
Nobody’s perfect; we all make mistakes. His Excellency’s letter must be retracted as soon as possible.
To the Right or to the Left?
Cardinal Ratzinger’s English is *fantastic* (as this video shows).
It’s incorrect to say new Churches must be constructed with table altars.
“…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
A $12,000 reward will be given to anyone who can produce a Vatican II document mentioning “celebration facing the people.”
Are you being rude to people sitting in pews behind you?
His assertion that “smoking out enemies” is best done by appointing them to high positions in the Vatican is absurd.
Corpus Christi Watershed is mentioned and cited!
The people deserve to know the truth. It is time for ignorance to end so that the faithful may develop informed opinions.
They will assume—and why shouldn’t they?—that “approved by the USCCB” applies to the hymns and songs…
What did the saints say about celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass facing East?
The Bishop of Little Rock has sent a letter (14 July 2016) forbidding his priests to celebrate Mass “ad orientem.”
Most Rev’d Serratelli says the current rubrics “reflect the real possibility that the celebrant might be facing away from the assembly.”
Three common misconceptions about the Mass and “ad orientem” worship.
If Cardinal Nichols had simply sent a letter saying why he prefers “versus populum,” I believe that would have been a better choice.