YES! YES! YES! POPE FRANCIS CELEBRATES THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD AD ORIENTEM AT THE HISTORIC ALTAR OF THE SISTINE CHAPEL! I'VE POSTED THIS AT 3:35 AM, EST!
John Nolan commented on my previous post HERE: "Benedict first celebrated ad apsidem in the Sistine Chapel in January 2008, not long after Guido Marini became MC. The explanation given was that it that it respected the "beauty and harmony of this architectural jewel".
I suspect that Francis puts ideology above beauty and harmony, and with recent changes in the office of liturgical celebrations which have left Guido Marini dangerously isolated, I will wager a pound to a penny that the moveable altar will be used on Sunday."
And of course there were other naysayers at my other post where I clearly stated that my clairvoyance foresaw what in fact occurred today! You can read that HERE, along with those naysayers' comments. Do I feel vindicated in my clairvoyance? Well, YES!
Okay, for those who wagered any bets opposed to my clairvoyance in this, should now pay up!
This is truly good news and certainly ties in with Pope Francis' homily on Saturday at the chapel of his residence at the Vatican Motel 6 where he castigated priests who are vain and act like butterflies. It is difficult to do so at Mass when the priest celebrates ad orientem!
This will send shock waves across the world! Progressives who want a "McDonald's Happy Meal" for the Mass will be truly disappointed. And yes, at another blog, someone commented in all seriousness that a good American inculturation at the Mass would be for everyone to "high-5" each other at the Sign of Peace! This is certainly a resurgence of the "spirit of Vatican II" silliness that many are hoping to recover under Pope Francis. Hopefully today's ad orientem Mass by His Holiness, the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis, will pour ice water on that nonsense. Of course another form of American inculturation that one might see at these happy clappy Masses is a cooler of ice water poured upon the "Presider" or "President" of the Assembly after he has successfully celebrated a spirit of Vatican II type Mass! That would be cool! :)
Here's the video folks, moving pictures don't lie. As soon as photos are available, my masthead photo at the top of the blog will change!
This photo of course is from Pope Benedict, but ad orientem it might as well be Pope Francis or any priest in the world, it doesn't matter when it is this way!