Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Forward together to meet the Lord
Blogger Esperu reviews the spiritual value of celebrating Holy Mass "versus Deum" or, together toward the Lord.
"So, here's one thing I really liked. Ad Orientem. Once you've seen this, you'll never want to go back to "versus populum." So much of the Eucharistic prayer, and the actions of the priest, just make so much more sense when the priest is offering up the Eucharist to the Lord, rather than to the congregation. (I'm exaggerating to make a point.) It's clear when the priest turns to the people and invites them to participate, that this is exactly what he is doing. Also, the elevation of the species turns into a great high-point of the Mass (especially with that incense!) rather than just a momentary gesture."
For more, visit Esperu.
(Photo courtesy of wdtprs.com. Fr. Dennis Duvelius, St. Louis Church, Batesville, Indiana.)