Thursday, January 17, 2008

The pope, ad orientem

Shawn Tribe, "The Pope "baptizes", not only children, but liturgy ad orientem, ad Deum, versus Apsidem" (New Liturgical Movement, January 13, 2008): ". . . the Pope has now given an important public witness and example of the acceptability of the celebration of the sacred liturgy "ad orientem" -- that is, with the priest, in this case the Pope himself, and the faithful directed together in a common sacred direction, turned towards the Lord, towards the symbolic 'East' of the liturgy." The liturgy being celebrated is the Baptism of the Lord in the Sistine Chapel.

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