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“How can we enter into this interior disposition except by turning physically—all together, priest and faithful—toward the Lord who comes, toward the East symbolized by the apse where the cross is enthroned? The outward orientation leads us to the interior orientation that it symbolizes. Since apostolic times, Christians have been familiar with this way of praying. It is not a matter of celebrating with one’s back to the people or facing them, but toward the East, «ad Dominum», toward the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship (October 2016)

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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.