Saturday, January 10, 2015
AHHHH!!!! AD ORIENTEM! POPE FRANCIS MODELS, AS DID POPE BENEDICT, THE BEST WAY TO CELEBRATE MASS! AHHH! AD ORIENTEM! THE REFORM OF THE REFORM MIGHT BE ON LIFE SUPPORT, BUT IT ISN'T DEAD YET!
AD ORIENTEM at the historic Sistine Chapel altar, with the Last Judgement above it which depicts a number of prelates condemned to hell.
Pope Francis celebrates the Baptism Mass ad orientem this year, thus giving more encouragement to those who think this is a good reform of the reform! With 33 infants and young parents and a young congregation, this way of celebrating the Mass in continuity with the Mass from which it devolved, makes theological sense and makes clear that the prayers of the Liturgy of the Eucharist as with all prayer, is directed to God the Father, through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer, praise, worship (sacrifice) and adoration come from the people of God represented at the altar by the priest who simultaneously acts in the Person of Christ, Head of the Church on their behalf. Do the laity, and for that matter, the priests of the Church truly understand this today, especially when priests face the congregation for the Mass and proclaim prayers in a way that makes it look and sound like these prayers are directed to the congregation as some kind of proclamation or lecture?