Bishop Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, France responds positively to Robert Cardinal Sarah’s call for AD ORIENTEM for the Ordinary Form

Bishop Dominique Marie Jean Rey
Bishop Dominique Marie Jean Rey

Bishop Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, France:
IT IS WITH GREAT JOY that we have learnt today that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked you to commence a study of the reform of the liturgical reform that followed the Council, and to investigate the possibilities of mutual enrichment between the older and newer forms of the Roman rite, first spoken of by Pope Benedict XVI. C’est avec une grande joie que nous avons appris aujourd’hui que le Saint-Père vous a demandé d’initier une étude de la «réforme» de la réforme liturgique qui suivit le Concile, et d’étudier les possibilités d’un enrichissement mutuel entre l’ancienne et la nouvelle forme du rit romain, ce que le pape Benoît XVI avait évoqué le premier.
YOUR EMINENCE, your appeal that we “return as soon as possible to a common orientation” in our liturgical celebrations “Eastwards or at least towards the apse—to the Lord who comes,” is an invitation to a radical rediscovery of something that is at the very roots of Christian liturgy. It calls us to realise once again, in all our liturgical celebrations, that Christian liturgy is essentially oriented to Christ whose coming we await in joyful hope. Eminence, votre appel à ce que nous «retournions dès que possible à une orientation commune» dans nos célébrations liturgiques «vers l’Orient ou au moins vers l’abside, là où vient le Seigneur», est une invitation à redécouvrir radicalement quelque chose qui est à la racine même de la liturgie chrétienne. Cela exige de nous de réaliser une fois encore, dans toutes nos célébrations, que la liturgie chrétienne est essentiellement orientée vers le Christ dont nous attendons la venue avec une espérance joyeuse.
YOUR EMINENCE, I am only one bishop of one diocese in the south of France. But in response to your appeal I wish to announce now, that certainly on the last Sunday of Advent of this year in my celebration of the Holy Eucharist at my cathedral, and on other occasions as appropriate, I shall celebrate ad orientem—towards the Lord who comes. Before Advent I shall address a letter to my priests and people on this question to explain my action. I shall encourage them to follow my example. I shall ask them to receive my personal testimony, as the chief pastor of the diocese, in the spirit of one who wishes to call his people to rediscover the primacy of grace in their liturgical celebrations through this practice. I shall explain that this change will help us to recall the essential nature of Christian worship: that it must always be oriented to the Lord. Monsieur le Cardinal, je suis seulement un évêque et ne représente qu’un diocèse du sud de la France. Mais afin de répondre à votre appel, je souhaite dire dès à présent que j’aurai l’occasion de célébrer la sainte messe ad orientem, vers le Seigneur qui vient, dans la cathédrale de Toulon lors du dernier dimanche de l’Avent, et chaque fois que l’occasion opportune se présentera. Avant l’Avent, j’adresserai un message à mes prêtres et aux fidèles à ce sujet pour expliquer ma décision. Je les encouragerai à suivre cet exemple. En tant que chef et pasteur de mon diocèse, je leur demanderai de recevoir mon témoignage personnel, dans l’idée de faire leur faire redécouvrir, par la pratique de la messe orientée, la primauté de la grâce au cours des célébrations. J’expliquerai que ce changement est utile pour se rappeler la nature essentiel du culte chrétien: tout doit être toujours tourné vers le Seigneur.

(My emphasis)

Source: Cardinal Sarah “Reform of the Reform” (5 July 2016) • Full Address in French & English published 7 July 2016 by Corpus Christi Watershed


“TOWARDS AN AUTHENTIC IMPLEMENTATION OF SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM” – ADDRESS OF HIS EMINENCE, ROBERT CARDINAL SARAH PREFECT OF THE CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENTS TO THE CONFERENCE “SACRA LITURGIA UK 2016” LONDON, ENGLAND, 5 JULY 2016


Update Monday, July 11, 2016:

Father Lombardi: Cardinal Sarah’s Ad Orientem Suggestion ‘Misinterpreted’ | NCR by Edward Pentin 07/11/2016

Father Lombardi concluded by saying that all of what he had said in his communique “was agreed upon during a recent audience granted by the Pope to the cardinal prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.”
Cardinal Sarah met the Pope in private audience on Saturday, soon after his return from London.


Cf. Bishop Morlino’s Move to Ad Orientem Masses in Madison by Brian Williams on September 6, 2016 | 1P5


Even if, of course, it cannot be the aim of this short reflection to delineate in some fashion the ministry of the patriarch in its entirety, I would at least like to underline a point that is important for the characterization of this great man of the Church of God: his love for creation and his advocacy that it be dealt with in accordance with this love, in matters big and small. A shepherd of the flock of Jesus Christ is never oriented merely to the circle of his own faithful. The community of the Church is universal also in the sense that it includes all of reality. That becomes evident, for example, in the liturgy, which signifies not only the commemoration and realization of the saving deeds of Jesus Christ. It is on the way toward the redemption of all creation. In the liturgy’s orientation to the East, we see that Christians, together with the Lord, want to progress toward the salvation of creation in its entirety. Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, is at the same time also the “sun” that illumines the world. Faith is also always directed toward the totality of creation. Therefore, Patriarch Bartholomew fulfills an essential aspect of his priestly mission precisely with his commitment to creation. – Travel companions · A reflection of Benedict XVI · Oct. 12, 2016 | L’Osservatore Romano (My emphasis)


Diocesan News > Ad orientem Masses encouraged during Advent, Wednesday, 23 November 2016, Story by S.L. Hansen | Southern Nebraska Register

In the Advent of #AmorisLaetitia, Providential and Apt Third Sunday of Easter Readings (OF)

Awe inspring, amazing, providential and apt Third Sunday of Easter Readings (OF) that contain counsels, encouragement, consolations, and warnings.

Thanks be to God!

I recall leading up to and during the Synod on the Family in 2015, some sharp minds noticed this as well.

Even though the LORD appears asleep, he is telling us not be afraid, he is in charge.

In the Advent of Amoris Laetitia, the providential and apt Third Sunday of Easter Readings (OF):

FIRST READING Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41

To those saying we must assent to Pope Francis’ Exhortation and his novel [as characterized by Card. Schönborn & Fr. Lombardi] teaching, the first Pope, St. Peter gives us the response we are to give, ‘we must obey God rather than men.’ And if we are made to suffer doing so, ‘we are to rejoice for having been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.’

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13

The whole Psalm is just beautiful and self-explanatory:

Exaltabo te, Domine, quoniam extravisti me.

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. or: R. Alleluia.
I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the netherworld;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. or: R. Alleluia.
Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. or: R. Alleluia.
Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
O LORD, be my helper.
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. or: R. Alleluia.

SECOND READING Revelation 5:11-14

Even our enemies [every creature … on earth and under the earth and in the sea] will also cry out: “To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.”

The nations have sunk into a pit of their own making,
they are caught by the feet in the snare they set them selves
The LORD has made himself known, has given judgement, he has trapped the wicked in the work of their own hands. – Ps 9:15-16

GOSPEL (Long Form) John 21:1-19

1) An examination of conscience [the irony] for Pope Francis:

Jesus:

“Pope Francis, do you love me more than these?” If yes, then “Feed my lambs.”

“Pope Francis, do you love me?” If yes, then “Tend my sheep.”

“Pope Francis, do you love me?” If yes, then “Feed my sheep.”

2) And the net is full with 153 large fish and it does not break: despite the defectors, the number of the elect is full [we have to pray to be counted among them] and united in single doctrine. [Cf. St. Augustine, Commentary on St. John and St. John Chrysostom, Homilies on St. Matthew, 48]

Pentecost Sunday 2015 – The Mystery of The Bride & Groom, Jonathan Cahn: The Gift of the Matan

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn discusses the Divine Mysteries of the Hebrew Wedding Ceremony for Day 5 on The Jim Bakker Show.

Mystery of the bride and bridegroom


Caveat:

1) Cf. Church Teaching Re: rapture. [Cf. CCC 676].

2) They are Jews whose conversion is awaited so that the Church achieves “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” [cf. CCC 674] and there are those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan [cf. Rv 2:9 (RSVCE)].

3) Israel now is an imposter Israel and it is the work of the latter Jews in 2) above.