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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

Photograph • Robert Cardinal Sarah “Ad Orientem”
published 15 July 2016 by Corpus Christi Watershed
I“Dear Fathers, we should listen to the lament of God proclaimed by the prophet Jeremiah: They have turned their back to me (2:27). Let us turn again towards the Lord!”

—Excerpted from a 5 July 2016 Speech by Robert Cardinal Sarah

320 “Ad Orientem” Cardinal SARAH

From the marvelous photography of Fr Lawrence Lew, OP.