Cardinal Robert Sarah has reopened the debate on the best 'direction' for worship, favouring the direction of 'liturgical east', the same direction as the Faithful in the nave, over 'versus populum', facing the people over the Altar like an executive facing his underlinings over a desk.
He said in an interview: “But as soon as we reach the moment when one addresses God – from the Offertory onwards – it is essential that the priest and faithful look together towards the east. This corresponds exactly to what the Council Fathers wanted.”
In honour of this occasion I repost a video recorded in 2014. To learn more on the theology and history of the debate, see the FIUV Position Paper here.
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It is gratifying to hear Cardinal Sarah speak so authoritatively to priests about facing "ad orientem"while celebrating the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. I must, however, inform him that while Pope Emeritus Benedict reminded us in Summorum Pontificum that this was never abrogated it was ignored by countless NO Bishops and therefore has not become available in Catholic parishes here in Spain, or indeed most of Europe. Traditional Orders who would be prepared to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite are prevented from doing so as they must receive faculties from our NO Bishops who have an unwarranted aversion to it, even though it was the mainstay of the CC for 1,500 years. What was viewed as holy & correct in its format for so long cannot now be judged to be the opposite. It is, I hope he would agree, the inherited right of every baptised Catholic and should be available in every parish church throughout the Catholic world.ReplyDelete
I would urge Cardinal Sarah as Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to ensure that the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite be re-introduced in all Catholic churches as a right, together with all the holy sacraments of the CC and catechesis, the lack of which has got us into the Modernist mess we find ourselves.