The Feast of the Epiphany–offering our gifts to the Light of the World

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. For those who wish to deepen their understanding of the significance of this Sunday—The Solemnity of the Epiphany—the following is offered in preparation for Mass this weekend: 1—This weekend’s celebration ranks among the most important

Heaven on earth: What is the Ad Orientem mass? What is it like to experience it?

Today I am attending mass at Father Steven LaBaire’s parish, Holy Family in Worcester. Father Steven sent out his weekly newsletter which announced that today’s mass would be celebrated “Ad Orientum.” Just what is “Ad Orientum?” I will let Father Steven explain. Ad Orientem is the practice of the priest turned toward the altar and