Why Aren’t More Masses Offered Ad Orientem?

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This was the question that I recently posed to several priests: why aren’t more masses being offered ad orientem? As we have seen numerous books and articles in recent years convincingly argue for a return to ad orientem worship, it is unfortunate to see how few priests have actually returned to the traditional orientation. Despite well received scholarly works by Monsignor Klaus Gamber, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger arguing in favor of it, few Catholics ever see the Novus Ordo offered ad orientem, with the notable exceptions of two dioceses: Arlington (Virginia) and Lincoln (Nebraska).

Discussing the topic with several diocesan priests, an explanation for the continuing reluctance to offer the Mass ad orientem can be broken out into five categories:

1. There are still priests who incorrectly believe that the Novus Ordo should only be offered versus populum (facing the people); often this is argued by…

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Cardinal Sarah’s Liturgical Earthquake

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As many readers of this blog are aware of by now, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments recently gave a groundbreaking interview on Catholic worship. Speaking to the French magazine Famille Chretienne, Robert Cardinal Sarah held nothing back about the need for the Church to return to offering the Holy Mass ad orientem. Rather than considering this simply to be a matter of preference, Cardinal Sarah sees it as nothing short of returning God to the center of the liturgy.

For decades many have been advocating for the return of this traditional orientation in the Mass. After all, the rapid and widespread embrace of versus populum worship immediately following the Second Vatican Council had nothing to do with the documents themselves. As even Cardinal Sarah notes in his interview:

“More than 50 years after the closure of Vatican II, it becomes…

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The Importance of Language: How a couple of marks on a page can make the difference between virgins and grapes

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“The Qur’an”, a one-off television programme produced by Channel 4 in 2008 (UK) opened with:

“In 2001 a German study caused such outrage that all mention of it was banned in some Islamic counties, the author published under pseudonym and will only speak if his identity can remain concealed.” This is referring to the work by Christoph Luxenberg “The Syro-Aramaic reading of the Koran” (English, 2007).

His basic premise is that over a fifth of the Koran contains unintelligible words or words which don’t make real sense. This, he believes, can be reduced, with a knowledge of Syriac (Syro-Aramaic), to around 5%. Syriac was the dominant language of Christian liturgy by 3rd century, and by time of Muhammad, Syriac was the major written and cultural language of the whole region, whereas written Arabic was in its infancy. There are pre Islamic inscriptions in Arabic but the first real book…

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This software is n-tuple licensed

#FreeSoftware, #OpenSource #License proliferation and our current state of hell

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“Due to the number of libraries with varying licences used in the creation of this software, it is now licensed under all licenses known to ensure maximum compatibility and maximum seizure proclivity.”

So if I’m using the jQuery library, which is GPL/MIT licensed (depending on which is a better fit) and another piece of software (say Apache licensed), I can select the MIT license to distribute it with because they are more compatible.

Unless of course, I’m starting with a GPL licensed library first (e.g. ExtJS which is technically GPL v3), but I still won’t be able to distribute any modifications to the core under the ISC, because that may be too “free”.

But I won’t be able to distribute under the ISC because the it’s most certainly incompatible with the GPL (in all three thousand variations). 

Although, according to the ExtJS license explanation…

We want people building extensions, developer…

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We Are Not Alone

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At the Novitas Sunday gatherings we have been doing corporate readings the last couple months. It connects us to the liturgy of the church and all the followers of Jesus who have come before us and built on His foundation to bring us to this point in history and it connects us to all those who will build on long after we are gone. There have been many creeds written throughout church history. The creed we read yesterday was the newest one we have found and it was originally adopted in 1968 by the United Church of Canada’s 23rd General Council. I want to share it with you because it is the one that has spoken to me the most deeply.

A NEW CREED We are not alone, we live in God's world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word…

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