This report published by Gregory Dipippo at New Liturgical Movement is great and especially significant for quoting the mother of the altar boys candid description of her reaction to a first experience with the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite:
"The Missa Cantata was like nothing I had ever experienced in the Church. The smells and the chants made it a heavenly experience. I wondered how I would feel about the priest standing ‘ad orientem’. Would I be able to see? The answer is, no, I couldn’t really, but it only brought home that the priest is offering the sacrifice FOR us, not TO us. The focus was on God. I have and do know several pious, holy priests, but nothing they have ever done spoke to me as this position of the priest during the Latin Mass. All eyes were on God, and it wasn’t something you saw, but you could almost hear the beat of angel’s wings. Yes, it is that profound of an experience."
Some might call her over exuberant, but I have found few expressions about ad Orientem more eloquent than hers: FOR us, not TO us.
We need to begin to heal the rupture and recover the profound sense of the sacrificial nature of the Eucharist. We need to start ad Orientem.
Read the article with an open mind and heart and see what you think!
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