Sunday, 6 December 2009

Pope Benedict XVI chooses to celebrate Mass Ad Orientem (on a freestanding altar)

In another example to the whole Church, the Holy Father has recently chosen to celebrate Mass (in the Ordinary Form) ad orientem in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace.  Importantly, in the newly restored Chapel the altar is detached from the wall - is free-standing - allowing for Mass to be celebrated facing the people or facing liturgical East.  Accordingly, the Holy Father's choice is significant.

See New Liturgical Movement for more.

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