Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Look who celebrated Novus Ordo Ad Orientem part II

Following the footsteps of Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, the current CBCP President, Archbishop Jose Palma, offered the Novus Ordo Mass Ad Orientem in Cebu.

We cannot help but recall this same gesture by the incoming CBCP President (effective 1 December 2013) Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

If these two bishops can do it, why not your bishop? Why not your priest? Why not your parish? Why not your school?

Archbishop Palma even distributed Holy Communion to kneeling communicants, on the tongue!

The good Archbishop offered this Mass at the Chapel of the Holy Relics, the Convential Chapel of the friars of the Order of the Discalced Augustinians, Tabor Hill in Brgy. San Jose (Talamban) in Cebu City. 

Images are from the Facebook Page of that Chapel, uploaded by Fr. Dennis Ruiz. 

I am sure that the fans of the blog, specially that blogger priest, Teletubbie and others, will say that Archbishop Palma himself did not request for an Ad Orientem Mass, with communion on the tongue while kneeling. 

Yes! That is correct. 

But he did not object to it! These two Archbishops have Pastoral Guts to do what is right! While Jennifer et. al. have the Guts of Disobedience to resist this.

Did you get that?




A former student sent me this image of an Ad Orientem Mass offered by Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, Emeritus of Manila.

Sino pa ba ang gusto ninyong makitang naka Ad Orientem bago kayo sumunod sa kung ano ang allowed, nay, encouraged?


  1. I hope facing ad orientem will be applied uniformly since this was never really abolished in the Novus Ordo Missae.

    More importantly, this stresses the fact that the priest in persona Christi offers the Holy Sacrifice of Calvary to the Father in the nomine popolorum. Hence versus populum manner offering will only stress the banquet or gathering aspect of the Mass which is SECONDARY.

    Another method would be to put a table Crucifix directly infront of the celebrating presbyter as Benedict XVI has patently done in his papal masses.

    One last note: I am not sure if the more proper term would be AD ALTARE instead of ad orientem, since most of the altars now are no longer constructed facing the east.

  2. it's weird though that he had to face the faithful when consecrating the host and the wine

  3. So, basically the current mass can be celebrated Ad Orientem? Will the reading and general flow of the mass be the same?