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Some Byzantine Thoughts on Liturgical Things

September 10th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

Byzantine Catholic priest celebrating Mass "ad orientum" in the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

I found the following interesting blog post while searching for something else. It was written “way back” in July of 2007 around when Summorum Pontificum appeared.  It’s interesting because it discusses a couple of contentious issues of the Liturgy of our “Latin” (Novus Ordo and Extraordinary Form) rite but from the perspective of a Byzantine Catholic –Catholics who use the “Greek” Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom; things like “active participation” and celebrating facing the people in contrast to “ad orientum.”

… I have to laugh a bit when I read or hear some Catholics insist that having the priest “turn his back to the people” is a bad or bizarre thing, as though it will somehow create a sort of dark and emotionally-draining chasm between the priest and the people …

… some Catholics (certainly not all Catholics, of course) think the greatest thing they can do as a lay person is to be up front, doing stuff. In which case they misunderstand what the primary role of the laity really is …

Read the short entry here

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