Monday, January 13, 2014

breaking news/conniption fit alert: pope faces same direction as people

I'm so aware of how 
  • church architecture is theology (see posts tagged "architecture)
  •  microphones speak volumes..
  •  small liturgical gestures (literally) matter (semiotically).

I don't know all the pope had in mind..if anything... re: the news below..
but to me, it's no accident (in either sence of the term) and no small prophetic act, that he has started celebrating mass this way.

One priest blogs:

Today the Holy Father, Pope Francis, again celebrated Mass ad orientem, that is, facing Christ, or facing in the same direction as the people. He celebrated on the historic high altar in the Sistine Chapel, during the annual Mass at which the Pope also baptizes a number of children.
This is the second time that Pope Francis has shown that this is a legitimate form of celebration, reinforcing what liturgical law already clearly says – to say nothing of immemorial practice.

I have previously written about this subject here (on the topic of celebrating “facing Christ“) and here (when Pope Francis previously celebrated this way). Also, I would point out this post that Archbishop Gullickson posted on his blog today.
A lot of people have a lot of “baggage” about this topic; if their parish priest started celebrating this way, they would have a conniption fit. Yet Pope Francis shows us, just as Pope Benedict, Pope John Paul II, et al. did, that this is a legitimate form of celebration. In fact, it is the way that Mass was celebrated for centuries. There is a very meaningful and beautiful theology behind it, and we should accept it as part of the legitimate diversity that exists in the Church.  Link

The previous post by same priest:

Facing Christ

I was on an airplane this evening, and in thinking back on it I am reminded of the absurdity of the idea that a pilot should face his passengers while flying the plane. How could he lead them to their destination safely if he were looking at them instead of where the plane was going?

An image from an old catechism.
Here follow some scattered thoughts…
Recently I read an  continued

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