I have written various times on the topic of Mass celebrated “ad orientem”, or “facing liturgical East” – i.e., the way Mass was celebrated for the majority of the Church’s 2,000 year history. (See here, here, and here, for some samples of what I’ve written.)
So naturally my interest was piqued when I saw the news that an active bishop in the United States of America has mandated this liturgical posture in his own Cathedral, starting with the season of Advent. The Bishop is James Conley and the Diocese is Lincoln, Nebraska. This is exciting news!
Since several other blogs have already reported on this, I merely mention it here. Please see a fuller write-up at the New Liturgical Movement for more on this great news. You can also read what the good bishop himself wrote in his diocesan newspaper.