Saturday, January 12, 2008

Facing the Lord

~via Rorate Cæli. Papa is going to celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord at the Sistine Chapel versus Deum. No, not the wall, as the old chestnut goes. Facing the Lord together. Papal MC Mons. Guido Marini had this to say:
"This year, the wooden platform on which an altar was placed for the occasion will not be set up, but the actual altar of the Sistine Chapel will be used.

"A decision was made to celebrate on the ancient altar to avoid altering he beauty and harmony of this architectural jewel - the Vatican note explains - preserving its structure, in a celebratory viewpoint, and making use of a possibility foreseen by liturgical legislation. This means that, at some moments, the Pope will be with his back turned to the faithful and facing the Cross, thus guiding the demeanor and the disposition of the entire assembly"
N.B. EWTN is televising the Mass live at 4 AM Eastern time, Sunday. It will be re-broadcast at 12 PM Eastern and then again at midnight, Monday, January 14th. Don't miss it!

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