Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: ‘Ad Orientem’: Back to the Liturgical Future

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'Ad Orientem'. Celebration of the Mass with the priest and people facing together toward the altar

COMMENTARY:  is the best corrective for the liturgical abuses of recent decades.

Father Raymond J. de Souza, EWTN News, October 16, 2022

Father Raymond J. de SouzaIs widespread ad orientem — toward the [liturgical] east — celebration of the Holy Mass the future?

Not immediately so, but there are reasons to think that it may indeed become so over the next 10 to 20 years. The alternatives to ad orientem celebration — where the priest and people together face the same direction toward the altar — have been tried and found wanting.

Ad orientem celebration does not necessarily mean the “traditional Latin Mass,” “Tridentine Mass” or “Extraordinary Form.” While that form of Mass — as had been the constant practice from antiquity until the 1960s — was always celebrated ad orientem, the current Missal of Pope St. Paul VI and Pope St. John Paul II can be celebrated ad orientem and in any language. Indeed, the rubrics of the current Missal presume Mass ad orientem rather than Mass versus populum, facing the people. …

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