by DANIEL BLACKMAN 07/06/2016
LONDON — The Pope’s chief liturgical official has called on all Catholic priests to start offering Mass ad orientem (facing east), beginning on the first Sunday of Advent.
Guinean-born Cardinal Robert Sarah, 71, who holds the post of prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, made his comments during the keynote opening address of the Sacra Liturgia conference taking place in London from July 5 to 8.
During his speech to a packed auditorium of around 200 people, Cardinal Sarah said: “You may have read my article of June 2015 in L’Osservatore Romano, and my recent interview in May this year, with the French journal Famille Chrétienne.
“On both occasions, I stated that I believe it is very important that we return as soon as possible to ad orientem worship; priests and congregation facing same direction, eastwards, or at least towards the apse, towards the Lord who comes, at those points when we address God in the liturgical rite.”