So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, June 3, 2016

More on Ad Orientem worship!


It's been a great week for dialogue about Cardinal Sarah's acknowledgement that ad orientem worship is, indeed, the Catholic way of worship. If the nearly two millennia old witness of the Church means anything to anyone, ad orientem worship is the way God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Check out the following links for additional commentary.
If ad orientem worship is to return as the norm, we must pray for our bishops and priests to be open to leading the change. Blogs, institutes, conferences, Catholic media, seminaries, colleges, parish study groups—all have a role in furthering the discussion that will lead to a return to ad orientem worship.

And, let us not forget that the more we water the roots, that is, the more information the person in the pew has access to in the form of informed conversations, print material, homilies on the subject and priests celebrating Mass ad orientem—perhaps beginning once a month then on the Sundays of Lent at one parish Sunday Mass, or perhaps daily Masses prayed ad orientem—the sooner and better priests and bishops can proceed with the cooperation of their flocks.

The sooner the person in the pew is helped to understand that ad orientem worship is the worship preserved and promoted in the documents of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, the sooner Masses will become, among other things, a home for vocations. Furthermore, rightly ordered worship is essential to the right ordering of the family and the parish and the individual and society to God.

In contrast to the flashy sociological attempts to schmooze people into practicing the Faith, ad orientem worship is a God-offered solution to the current crisis of faith.

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