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).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pope Francis on "trendy" clergy.

The Catholic Herald has this:
In a nearly 40-minute prepared talk, the Pope warned new bishops against using their office to be self-serving, but rather to share the holiness, truth and love of God.
“The world is tired of lying spellbinders and, allow me to say, ‘trendy’ priests or bishops. The people sniff them out – they have God’s sense of smell – and they walk away when they recognise narcissists, manipulators, defenders of their own causes, auctioneers of vain crusades,” he said.
How might we be relieved of the "trendiness" and narcissism among our spiritual fathers? Have them face the Lord during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist! I.e., have our priests face East, especially during the Liturgy of the Eucharist as prescribed in the rubrics of the Missal.
The rubrics of the renewed Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI presuppose a common direction of priest and people for the core of the Eucharistic liturgy. This is indicated by the instruction that, at the Orate, fratres, the Pax Domini, the Ecce, Agnus Dei, and the Ritus conclusion is, the priest should turn towards the people. This would seem to imply that beforehand priest and people were facing the same direction, that is, towards the altar. At the priest's communion the rubrics say "ad altare versus", which would be redundant if the celebrant stood behind the altar facing the people anyway. This reading is confirmed by the directives of the General Instruction, even if they are occasionally at variance with the Ordo Missae. The Third Editio Typica of the renewed Missale Romanum, approved by Pope John Paul II on 10 April 2000 and published in spring 2002, retains these rubrics.—April 2005 Vol. XI, No. 2 Turning Towards the Lord Orientation in Liturgical Prayer by U.M. Lang.
Here at this blog is lauded the venerable and ancient practice of ad orientem worship.

Regular readers are familiar with the orientation of this blog. For those new to the Oasis, ad orientem worship is the celebration of the Mass facing eastward. Where churches are built aligned to a different compass point than East, the Mass is (or should be) prayed facing the "liturgical East" symbolized by the altar crucifix.

Mass celebrated ad orientem reduces the spotlight on the priest. Ad orientem, therefore, is good for the spiritual health of the priest and, because he is not made the centre of attention and his personality is rightly subordinated to the reverent celebration of the Mass (which reduces in the priest the temptation to engage in entertaining the troops), the spiritual health of the congregation.

Sniff out those "trendy priests" and call them to a higher purpose! Propose, in a respectful and congenial way to your pastors and fellow parishioners, ad orientem worship.

Read more at the Ad Orientem page at this blog.

If you are unfamiliar with ad orientem worship, attend an Extraordinary Form Mass or Ordinariate Mass. The manner in which the Mass is celebrated in these communities is the continuous and ancient practice of the Church. In the Ordinariate liturgy, called Divine Worship, and in the Extraordinary Form liturgy, the priest and congregation are oriented toward the Lord.

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