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“It would be a grave error to imagine that the principle orientation of the sacrificial action is towards the community. If the priest celebrates «VERSUS POPULUM», which is legitimate and often advisable, his spiritual attitude ought always to be «VERSUS DEUM PER JESUM CHRISTUM», as representative of the entire Church.”
— Official Vatican Statement (25 September 2000)

Impressive Video — “Ad Orientem” Celebration
published 4 September 2016 by Corpus Christi Watershed

The following was sent to us by a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, which is featured in this video:

Most Rev’d René H. Gracida—chosen as bishop by Pope Paul VI and friend of Pope St. John Paul II—is shown making the following declaration: “When the priest speaks to the people, he should look at them and speak to them. When the priest speaks to God he should look at the Crucifix.”

He continues: “Do it gradually, with proper catechesis, to avoid shocking the people. This is the problem of the Reform after the Vatican Council. Changes were sprung upon the people without any warning. So, we must not do that now.”