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Facing East together
August 9th, 2016
By Patricia Sharp


I happily changed my mind when I read Bishop (James D.) Conley’s column, “Looking to the East,” on this subject (Diocese of Lincoln, Southern Nebraska Register, Nov. 21, 2014). He said, in part, that we do not know when (Christ) will return, but Christ promised us that he would return in glory, “as light comes from the East” to bring God’s plan of redemption to its fulfillment.


Especially during Advent, as we await the coming of the Lord, facing East together is a powerful witness to Christ’s imminent return. The symbolism of the priest and people facing ad orientem is an ancient reminder of the coming of Christ.


I now understand why and look forward with joy to celebrating Mass ad orientem.


Patricia Sharp


The writer is a member of St. Brendan Parish, San Francisco

 

From August 11, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

 

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