Monday, January 14, 2008

A Sentence of Truth from Father Z.

In a post concerning Pope Benedict celebrating Mass ad orientam on the high altar in the Sistine Chapel, The Famous Fr. Z make the following comment,

I contend that more damage was done by turning around the orientation of Mass than perhaps any single other change.

This is truth in a nutshell. Intended or not, psychologically, Mass versus populus gives the impression that all the word are directed to the congregation instead of God. This not only affects the congregation but also the celebrant. The only remedy that I have found to this is our new altar crucifix. It has the effect of Our Lord saying to me, "Hey Erik! Remember what this is all about." God willing this will be soon remedied in the Novus Ordo.
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