I’m going to be blogging a bit about liturgy and priesthood etc. in the next few days, but to be getting on with, there is a marvellous article out of the Sydney Liturgical Office by Fr Tim Deeter entitled: “Not a case of play-acting, but praying”. This is the first time that I have seen a diocesan official affirm the following:
This is the reason why the priest faces “away from” the people when celebrating the Mass according to the 1962 Missal, and why it is not inappropriate nor forbidden for him to do so even in the Novus Ordo. When facing the people, many priests feel the need to “engage” the people throughout the Mass, even during prayers that are obviously directed to the Father, or to Christ Himself upon the altar. Thus the “play-acting” that sometimes occurs during the Consecration.
Bravo, Fr Deeter! Now, all you priests out there: who’s going to brave enough to do this on Sunday morning in the Parish?