Bishop Says: Let’s Face Christ Together

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!

Pope Francis celebrates Mass ad orientem, that is, "facing liturgical East".

Pope Francis celebrates Mass ad orientem, that is, “facing liturgical East”.

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.

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4 Responses to Bishop Says: Let’s Face Christ Together

  1. Analda Anglin says:

    Lincoln NE is my home diocese, although I haven’t lived there since I was a small child. They have had excellent Bishops. I loved reading this story this morning!

  2. hashtagcatholic says:

    Very good.

  3. Pat Noto says:

    Thank you for sharing the good bishops words. This has me excited about Advent and my focus this year is going to be “facing east” .

  4. Lisa and Dave McCord says:

    What exciting news! Dave has been following Bishop Conley in the Diocese of Lincoln and is very impressed with the Bishop and the Catholic school system they have in place. Thanks for sharing!

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