During the Sundays of Advent, the priests in the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, Nebraska will celebrate the Mass ad orientem, facing the altar and crucifix. The bishop will celebrate midnight Mass on Christmas ad orientem as well. This may take place in other parishes across the Diocese of Lincoln as well.
The canonization rite of Paul VI has been restored, replacing the mostly preconciliar rite Pope Benedict had brought back.
As we end the liturgical year, we are invited to consider the truth that though kings and empires, republics and presidents, dictators and tyrannies come and go, the reign of Christ, the Son of God is eternal, everlasting, without end.
Here is his Wikipedia entry, and a story about his view of the recent synod.
Clive Staples Lewis, who was born in Belfast in Northern Ireland, spent most of his life in Oxford, where he served as a scholar of medieval literature. Though in his youth he had spurned religious faith, at the age of thirty-two he found his way back to Christianity. Afterward, through books and radio broadcasts, Lewis came to be recognized as one of the most popular exponents and defenders of Christianity in the English language—a reputation that continues to the present.
When Pope Francis celebrates Mass, there is no “buona sera,” no hugging, no such gestures, nothing of what makes him so authentic. For at Mass it’s not about him, it’s about the Mass. But it is otherwise at ceremonies…
“It is just as false to adapt to the zeitgeist as it is to work toward a ghetto Catholicism in which those remaining think of themselves as the elite believers.”
“I tend to disagree with what they call the new mass. I think we lost something by losing the Latin.”
The professor of church history in Munster calls for a clearer distinction between pope and “pope emeritus.”
Pray Tell readers will be interested in what each of these documents has to say about the liturgy.