Cardinal Burke Announces: Offering of the Holy Mass ‘Ad Orientem’

January 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News Releases, The Cornerstone

His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, announced on December 12th, 2016, the Patronal Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, that the Novus Ordo Form of Holy Mass at the Shrine will now regularly be offered with the priest facing the East or ad orientem.

While individual priests, on pilgrimage to the Shrine, wishing to offer the Holy Mass facing the congregation or versus populum, may certainly do so, in accord with current Church discipline, the regular celebrations of the Holy Mass at the Shrine will be ad orientem.

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8 Responses to “Cardinal Burke Announces: Offering of the Holy Mass ‘Ad Orientem’”
  1. Susan Jurkiewicz says:

    Thank you, Cardinal Burke, for this announcement and decision… and thank you for all that you do for your flock and to insure the protection of the true teachings of the Chruch. May God Bless you always!

  2. Stan Gould says:

    Celebrating the Mass ad orientem is great!

  3. Kevin Bischel says:

    I would also like to thank you, Cardinal Burke, for your courage serving the Church and God. I truly appreciate all your efforts seeking reverence in worship and clarity in Church teachings. You have been solidly shouldering this responsibility for years and I fear it will be a heavy cross to carry for the foreseeable future. Please know that you go with the prayers of many and your efforts are appreciated. The Shrine is magnificent and beautiful and will be a gift to Catholics for generations to come.

  4. Very nice! May this practice become ever more present in parishes everywhere!

  5. Paul Nelson says:

    As a Catholic and Marian Catechist, I am very proud of Cardinal Burke! His faith and courage are second to none. Hang in there, Your Eminence.

  6. Kimberli Hahn says:

    Thank you Cardinal Burke. God bless you:)

  7. Rosie Garcia-Carreras says:

    How I wish it be done in our parish. Having the priest facing the congregation is not only too distracting it makes the sacrifice of the mass seem like a spectacle.

  8. Bob and Elizabeth Sontrop says:

    Dear Eminence, we thoroughly relished discovering and visiting —an EXTRA day at your request, back in July ’16 —this beautiful Shrine on our way through N. Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan back to our home in Canada. Elizabeth IS Mexican-American-Canadian. Raised in New Jersey, her folks were both from Mexico. She passionately loves Our Lady of Guadalupe, and we’re both eternally in your debt for having brought Mother of the Americas closer to her children in the States and Canada. While we’re both saddened at developments at the Vatican —re Amore Laetitia —we’re equally thrilled at your calm, clear, and yes, kind defence of Church
    teaching. With the other e-mailers, we’re proud of having met a true son of the Church, proven by your developing a Catechetical Centre at the Shrine, based on and dedicated to the life-long teaching of Fr. John Hardon, SJ. Indeed, this project addresses the crying need of today, Adult Catechesis.

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