The solemn worship of God’s people is truly pleasing to God only when it is paired with a commitment to social action.
In the the April 28, 1968, issue of The Living Church, Fr. Francis W. Read considered "experiments" with facing the people during the Eucharist.
I have followed Covenant’s dueling blog posts about the ad orientem debate, since we have the issue before us in the parish I am serving: St Luke's in Catskill, New York. In most refitted liturgical spaces, the message of iconoclasm and abandonment is unavoidable. Over the years I have come to find this visual message a poignant embarrassment.
In this offering, we return the whole of creation, including ourselves, to the Father.
The Eucharist is only a meal because it is first and most fundamentally a sacrifice.
I could not have imagined a day when celebrating the Eucharist facing “liturgical east” would be considered cutting edge, nouveau, très chic.
Do the historical psalms simply retell stories we read in a more gripping form in the Pentateuch and elsewhere?
Either we consume him, recognizing him in the bread and in the gathered community, or he consumes us.