Celebrating Mass Ad Orientem/Deum


  • So, what is “ad orientem?” Ad orientem is Latin and translates as toward the orient, or toward the East. Mass ad orientem, then, is when Mass is celebrated with ALL the people facing East (“All” meaning, everyone, priest and lay faithful, facing the same direction)...READ MORE
  • Father, why do you not look at us during Holy Mass? When I celebrate Holy Mass, particularly the Eucharistic Prayer “facing the people,” I am often asked why I do not look at the people. Do I get nervous? Do I lack the ability to maintain eye-contact? When asked, I always respond the same, “because I am not talking to you but to God.”...READ MORE
  • Father, why is your back toward us? As I stated in an earlier column, saying “Father has his back toward us,” is the worst understanding of what is taking place during a Mass celebrated ad orientem/Deum. When the priest turns toward the altar during the Eucharistic Prayer, it is not that his back is toward us, but that he is turning to the Lord with us! We are all facing the Lord!...READ MORE
  • Are you going to start saying Mass in Latin? No, not at all! In fact, my Latin skills are far from great. I have never said Mass in Latin, and I have to humbly admit, I could not even if I was forced too, my pronunciation and comprehension are terrible. Nonetheless, celebrating Holy Mass ad orientem/Deum is not going back. In fact, it is going forward...READ MORE
  • What are we supposed to take away/learn from celebrating Mass ad orientem/Deum? A well-publicized Catholic author, George Weigel, recently wrote about some of the benefits of celebrating the Eucharistic Prayer “ad orientem/Deum”. He noted the following advantages in an article entitled “He’s Not Turning His Back to the People”...READ MORE

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