|Shepherds lead the flock to heaven's door ad orientem.|
Vatican liturgy chief urges priests to celebrate Mass facing east
"In an interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Robert Sarah said that the Second Vatican Council did not require priests to celebrate Mass facing the people.
"This way of celebrating Mass, he said, was 'a possibility, but not an obligation'.
Readers and listeners should face each other during the Liturgy of the Word, he said.
“'But as soon as we reach the moment when one addresses God – from the Offertory onwards – it is essential that the priest and faithful look together towards the east. This corresponds exactly to what the Council Fathers wanted.'”Let me repeat that: Facing liturgical East with the flock following the shepherd to our Heavenly Father was the intention of the Fathers of Vatican II. Let's stop listening to the liturgy-wreckers who turned the Mass into a performance with a showman priest entertaining the audience.
And read about what's happening in dioceses around the country where bishops are returning to ad orientem worship. Here's how Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa describes it:
"Bishop Slattery believes authentic participation is not facilitated by the priest facing the people at these times, because then the priest becomes the central focus: 'The metaphor I use to describe this is of a door. The only time you notice a door is when it’s locked. Otherwise, you don’t even think of the door, because the purpose of an unlocked door is to lead you from one place to another.'
“'The priest is supposed to lead the people in Christ to the Father,” the bishop added, “yet when the priest faces the people, he becomes a locked — rather than an open — door. Instead of thinking about Christ going to the Father, the faithful are thinking about the personality of the priest.'" (Source)Why not copy these articles and give them to your pastor. I'm going to.