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  • Even a general return to celebrations ad orientem is inadvisable: Does the cosmic symbolism of the East (the rising sun) make much sense in a world flooded with artificial light?

    Critiquing the critics

  • (It would be interesting to find out more about the other Masses, including whether ad orientem is being used.)

    Usus Antiquior at Seton Hall University

  • For one, ad orientem is not particular to the usus antiquior, but remains an option for the modern Roman liturgy, and was never eliminated by the Council or any later legislation.

    The "Camp" Mentality in Relation to the Modern Liturgy: An Example Presents Itself

  • Legally, therefore, the celebration versus orientem is the normal form of celebration.

    Celebration Versus Deum Still Applicable Law

  • In order that the parish can see our newly restored altar in its full beauty, and used as it was intended when it was built by our forefathers, during this weekend and next I am celebrating the Masses at the high altar ad orientem, that is, facing the high altar rather than "facing the people" at the small altar as most of us are accustomed.

    Thrown Back

  • And more than once such folks have said, in essence, "Now I understand far better why the priest does that (that is, stands ad orientem)."


  • For that reason, I have restored the venerable ad orientem position when I celebrate Mass at the Cathedral.


  • This, then, does not mean that ad orientem in its traditional expression is outside the pale -- indeed, it is envisioned and allowed for by the Missal and by liturgical law.

    Mauro Gagliardi on the Centrality of the Crucified Christ in the Liturgical Celebration

  • This single position is called ad orientem, which simply means “toward the east.”


  • Here are a couple of quotes from Cardinal Ratzinger about ad orientem.



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