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The Priestly Character of Ad Orientem Worship: Guest Article by Zachary Thomas (Part 1)

Our thanks to Mr Zachary Thomas for offering this excellent essay to NLM; it will be published in five parts over the next couple of weeks. Debates over ad orientem or versus populum worship often focus on the eschatological significance of the Eastward orientation, which is all fine and good.When the ecclesia orans faces East, the direction of the rising sun and the resurrection, we express the truth that the Church is not a community of this world, founded and maintained as an earthly structure with secular ends, but a pilgrim people “called out” by the Father, given life only in Christ, and directed towards His second coming, when our true nature will be reveal-ed at the end of time.
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