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Facing our Lord in worship
July 12th, 2016
By Jessica Munn

Isn’t it wonderful news that the Vatican, through Cardinal (Robert) Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has recently called on all priests to return to offering Mass facing “ad orientem,” which is facing East. That way, priest and parishioners together are facing the Lord as they worship him. And the priest can then lead us all, in his role of “persona Christi,” to offer God the holy sacrifice of the body and blood of our Lord, on our behalf. This is actually in accord with Vatican II, which never required the priest to change to facing the people. Already our neighboring Diocese of Santa Rosa is implementing this in its Cathedral of St. Eugene. And when we are being obedient to the Vatican we act Christ-like, for Christ “became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name ...” (Philippians 2:8). And we focus more on God this way. Surely we will receive blessings from God for this.

Jessica Munn
Foster City


From July 14, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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