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Ad Orientem. Facing East in the Traditional Latin Mass / Orientación al este en la Misa Tradicional Ad Orientem. Orientation in the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) / La orientación en la Misa Tradicional …More
Ad Orientem. Facing East in the Traditional Latin Mass / Orientación al este en la Misa Tradicional

Ad Orientem. Orientation in the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) / La orientación en la Misa Tradicional

Una Voce Federation has created a series of illustrative videos that show some of the most relevant aspects of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) in order that more people can get to know and appreciate the richness of our Catholic Heritage

If you want to learn more about the Traditional Latin Mass or Usus Antiquior you can visit our website www.fiuv.org where you will find several resources and information of one our member associations that are distributed around the world working to help promote and defend the TLM.

AD ORIENTEM
The Mass itself is not made for the people. St. Thomas says, defining the priesthood, that the priest must offer to God the sacrifice andprepare the people to attend it with dignity. How to prepare the people to attend with dignity that great mystery, which is the Mass? It is
necessary for the Liturgy to reflect Heaven, to which people are called, and the holiness they have to cultivate.
The Mass, being the renewal of the Sacrifice of the Cross, we all are turned to the Cross. That is, in the center of the altar is a crucifix, and the renewal of the Sacrifice of the Cross is done with the minister, who is the priest, and all the people turned to the Cross. It is not the priest
who is the center, it is God who is the center of the Holy Mass and the liturgical action.
When I first encounter the Latin Mass it was in the form of the Low Mass, it was silence mass. The priest was at the altar with his back turned to me. At the time I didn’t understand that it meant he was actually facing together with me towards the Lord. But what I realized is
that the priest was praying very intensely and the Mass wasn’t about me, it was about God. And it’s ordering me to God, rather than to trying to order God to me.
And so I realized, this time went on, this is a school of self denial, a school of self forgetfulness, a school of self transcendence, where you could discover that God is the meaning of your life and everything has to be oriented to Him.
If you think about it, to convert means turn around, turning back, and in this case toward God. Because it's exactly what happens at Latin Mass, the priest does not show his back to the faithful, don’t turn against the faithful. But they both turn to God, to the sun, to the light. And then it's an external conversion, an external orientation that transforms into an inner orientation, then, from thinking only of ourselves to thinking of God, to thinking of the immensity.
They’re all together looking to God, they’re worshipping the King of kings.