has a post which cites a priest who believes that the new translation is not enough. That was is really necessary is a return of the Mass being celebrated Ad Orientem.
As much as I think this would be admirable,laudable and even right, I don't think it would be doable. OF is a dialogue mass, and a good many parts of the mass require dialogue with the priest. Furthermore, for all those who prefer the OF and detest the EF, they would be so up in arms, I worry that a complete ad orientem mass might breed more discord. I could just hear them now, those EFfers, it's not enough that they have their own form, now they have to ram their form down our throats. Oh, you know I am right.
Besides as the rubrics stand now, there are some parts in the mass rubrics that clearly say things like the priest, facing the people does this or that or something. It would suggest that if the priest is told to face the peole now, he, at the moment before, was not facing the people. I had a copy of Celebrate in Song, but I gave it to my MIL. And yet I remember, of the few rubrics they did print in there, that they had one or two "The priest facing the people, says/...) One could argue then ,that except for those two parts the priest is NOT facing the people.
This means that the priest can already say the mass ad orientem at some places. All then, that would be required would be his catachising the parish, about the change the priest would be making, not the mass itself. Some of these particular rubrics haven't changed from the Latin, even after 40 years.
I agree with the priest, I too would like to see the altar set up symmetrically again ( candles on both ends of the mensa ( I would love the six ( 3 and 3) but even the two would be great) , crucifix in the middle, instead of the set up mentioned in the Priests letter on Vox Cantor's post. Two candles or more on the left side and a basket of flowers ofn the right. What the..
But I am not allowed to comment on the set up of the altar or sanctuary. We have no say. There are no altar guilds, there is only the Priest and the sacristan.
Maybe this priest should talk to other priests. maybe, maybe.. just an idea.. since the Bishop is responsible for the administration and celebration of the sacraments and the liturgy in his diocese, he should write his bishop or, go further and send his letter to the National College of Bishops. OR even to Ecclesia Dei, Or DWDS
Us discussing it ad nauseum here, does nothing. He needs to talk to priests.
Scripture to keep in mind
Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth:  Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,  A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren.  My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20
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