Friday, October 06, 2006

NLM Liturgical Catechesis Series: Ad Orientem


TASK: Research and provide relevant information according to the following schema generally below. Please post in comments; please stay on topic and avoid chit-chat that isn't relevant to pamphlet production.

References to use:

- Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, Turning Towards the Lord
- Cardinal Ratzinger, The Spirit of the Liturgy, Looking Again at the Question of the Liturgy, etc.
- Josef Jungmann
- Etc.


- non-polemical, up to date sources
- directed/worded to both priests and laity, educated and non
- tone: explanation of the practice itself from history and theology
- explanation of the benefits of the practice

Historical Data:

- information on history of sacred posture
- depth of tradition of Mass was celebrated this way
- evidence from architecture (cf. Fr. Lang)

- the theology of common direction of priest and people
- the direction of liturgical prayer: Godward
- the communal dimension of this commonality
- the sacrifical dimension
- the cosmological and eschatological significance

Second Vatican Council and Post-Conciliar Reform
- not a requirement of liturgical reform
- no permission required in liturgical law
- never abolished
- reference to continued Eastern Christian practice

- from Ratzinger
- from Jungmann?
- From Lang
- Etc.

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