Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Archbishop of Kraków Celebrates Installment Pontifical High Mass Ad Orientem

(Warsaw) The new Archbishop of Krakow, Monsignor Marek Jedraszewski , celebrated the Pontifical Mass for his official installation.

Archbishop Jedraszewski was appointed in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. as the Archbishop of Lodz. Prior to that, he had been auxiliary bishop of Poznań since 1997. After the retirement of Stanislav Cardinal Dziwisz on 8 December 2016 for reasons of age, Pope Francis appointed Jedraszewski as  the 5th Archbishop and 78th Bishop of Krakow. Karol Wojtyla, the later Pope John Paul II, was 2nd Archbishop and 75th Bishop of Krakow. In 1925 Krakow was elevated to an archdiocese. The Church province covers the area of ​​Little Poland.

Last Saturday, 28 January, the new Archbishop's enthronement took place. He is considered a candidate for Cardinal dignity. Since the end of the nineteenth century, all the senior shepherds had belonged to the Cardinal's collegium. Five cardinals, numerous bishops, the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese  took part in the solemn ceremony in the Wawel Cathedral. President Andrzej Duda also came to Krakow with his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda.

Archbishop Jedraszewski celebrated the Solemn Pontifical Mass ad orientem, as was the case in the church celebration until the liturgical form of 1965. Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments, called on all priests worldwide to return to the Eucharistic direction of ad Deum and to abandon the Protestant celebration in facing the people.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL / InfoCatolica
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com


Cdn Catholic said...

It should be noted that the original altars in Wawel Cathedral were still used even the after the liturgical reforms. Cardinal Dziwisz regularly celebrated Masses in the Cathedral ad orientem, as did Cardinal Macharski, Cardinal Wojtyla etc. No fuss. The Wawel Cathedral Facebook page often posts pictures of their beautiful antique vestments, which are still regularly used.

Tancred said...

Catholics have always faced Liturgical (and real) East, not only for Mass, but to pray, since apostolic times.

Peter said...

This is truly at the cutting edge of the New Evangelization.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news. Poland has not abandoned the Catholic Church. Oh, I'm sure some Poles have, but Poland never will. My greatgrandparents emigrated from partitioned Poland. My gradparents were all faithful Catholics. God, Honor, Country.

Anonymous said...

This is very simple. In Wawel Cathedral you have to celebrate ad orientem. There is no post Vativanum II altar here :)

Anonymous said...

Ironic because our local Thuc line priest had Grandparents who emigrated from Poland.His parents grew up in Polish neighborhood in the U.S.(same area as Sister Faustina..he has an interesting take on her & the divine mercy that I hadn't heard before.She was barely literate,the area in question speaks a unique distinct form of Polish.Most people in Poland do have their dialect.Most people from this area say Sister Faustina' diary is a forgery & that she was a normal pre-V2 Nun who would be horrified by the "Divine Mercy Incorporated")