benedict ad orientem

I found this great commentary on liturgy by Father Dwight Longenecker over at New Liturgical Movement. It’s just a short excerpt from a longer piece. Check it out.

I celebrate most masses facing the people, but I have to admit that whenever I do, try as I might, I feel like I am on show – kind of like I am in entertainment mode. When I stand at the other side of the altar and face the Lord with the people I find that my own celebration of Mass is more intimate and mystical. I feel like I am able to focus more on the Lord and what is happening. If I need to weep I can do so without people seeing me. If I need to pause and pray I can do so without worrying what people are thinking.