Prima Missa in Louisiana


Fr Thomas Kennedy of the diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, who was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 22 2021, by Bishop Robert Marshall at the cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier in Alexandria, celebrated his first Solemn Mass the next day at the basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches. The Mass was in the Ordinary Form (Novus Ordo), celebrated ad orientem in Latin and English, and you can see from these photos, very much within the spirit of the Catholic liturgical tradition.


Don Thomas Kennedy della diocesi di Alexandria, Louisiana (USA), che è stato ordinato prete sabato 22 maggio 2021 dal vescovo Robert Marshall nella cattedrale di San Francesco Saverio in Alexandria, ha celebrato la sua prima Messa solenne il giorno successivo nella basilica dell’Immacolata Concezione in Natchitoches. La Messa era nella forma Ordinaria (Novus Ordo), celebrata ad orientem in latino e inglese, e come si può vedere da queste immagini, molto nello spirito della tradizione liturgica cattolica.

St Mary’s Catholic Church, Greenville SC

111 Hampton Avenue
Greenville, SC 29601

Since 2008 Mass at Saint Mary’s Church has been celebrated with the priest standing on the same side of the altar as the congregation during the Eucharistic Prayer, a custom not widely seen today in the Catholic Church except for in the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, commonly called the Tridentine Mass. This custom of priest and people standing together on the same side of the altar is called praying towards the East or ad orientem, and at Saint Mary’s even the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite – the Mass of the Second Vatican Council – is celebrated ad orientem. Here’s why.

Dal 2008, la maggior parte delle Messe nella St. Mary’s Church è stata celebrata con il sacerdote in piedi sullo stesso lato dell’altare della congregazione durante la preghiera eucaristica, un’usanza non molto diffusa oggi nella Chiesa Cattolica se non nella celebrazione nella Forma Straordinaria del Rito Romano, detta comunemente Messa Tridentina. Questa usanza del sacerdote in piedi e del popolo che stanno insieme sullo stesso lato dell’altare si chiama pregare verso Oriente o ad orientem, e presso la St. Mary’s Church anche la Forma Ordinaria del Rito Romano – la Messa del Concilio Vaticano II – si celebra ad orientem. Ecco perché.

From a parish in North Carolina (USA)

(Parish of Holy Redeemer in Andrews and Prince of Peace in Robbinsville)

“The rule in the diocese here is that any sanctuary renovation must situate the altar to that the priest might be able to offer Holy Mass versus populum and also possibly ad orientem. Only with the most extreme difficulty could Holy Mass be offered ad orientem with the previous situation of a necessarily altogether too small platform raising the altar above the rest of the sanctuary floor.
What we were looking for is a real altar. Accomplishing that provided the opportunity to remove the platform. Doing that meant that the altar could now boast of possibilities for both the “ordinary” and the “extraordinary” Roman Rite(s) of the Holy Sacrifice.
We’re preparing for the sake of charity and reverence altar rails or more accurately Communion rails. We’re in discussion stages for the construction and security of the logistics for the Tabernacle. The lectern, the credence table, what we call the Mary table are also in the works. This is being done with donations, not from the parish funds.
You’ll notice that the altar beginnings pictured above with one of our parishioners seems to lack depth, and even length. But you’ll have to use your imagination coupled with a knowledge of how this altar is going to be used, possibly from both sides. When the granite altar top, the mensa is installed, it will over overhang a few inches both sides lengthwise and about six inches depthwise both in front and back. And, not to worry, we’re making sure this will not be tippy as was the other altar. The previous altar could literally be pushed over with one finger, and that’s been that way for some 55 +- years.
We’re aiming for high quality. The porcelain floor is from India, the granite from Brazil (that being in mockery of Pachamama).
We want the best for our dear Lord, next to whose Sacrifice His good mom stands.”

Source: here.

Parœciæ ad Orientem

Se conoscete qualche parrocchia in cui si celebra con regolarità la s. Messa novus ordo secondo qualcuna di queste modalità:
ad orientem;
– in latino;
– con canto gregoriano;
– con distribuzione della s. Comunione sulla lingua, in ginocchio
segnalatecela all’indirizzo
Saremo lieti di aggiungerla al nostro elenco di parrocchie.

If you know any parishes where the novus ordo holy Mass is celebrated regularly in one of these ways:
ad orientem;
– in Latin;
– with Gregorian chant;
– with distribution of holy Communion on the tongue, kneeling
report it to us at
We will be happy to add it to our list of parishes.

Church of the Resurrection, Lansing MI, turns ad Orientem

On the First Sunday of Advent 2014, the Church of the Resurrection began celebrating the (Novus Ordo) Mass ad orientem. What that means is that at times during the Mass, especially during the Eucharistic Prayer, the priest and the people face in the same direction, toward the “Liturgical East.” This change followed a period of catechesis and preparation that began two years earlier, when we reflected together on the powerful symbolism of praying toward the East. Inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s book, The Spirit of the Liturgy, we began using what is often called the “Benedictine Altar Arrangement.” We placed six candles on the altar, with a crucifix in the center, to help remind us by the very manner of our prayer that we are not praying to each other but rather to the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit. The recent change to celebrating ad orientem is helping accomplish this goal even more fully.

Church of the Resurrection
1505 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912