ASK FATHER: Why on earth did they start offering Mass “facing the people”?

Posted February 21, 2017 1:55 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Why on earth did they start offering Mass “facing the people”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When I first started attending the TLM, I really struggled with Mass celebrated ad Orientem. However, the more I attended the TLM and Mass according to the Missal of Divine Worship (aka, Anglican Use), which in its early days even had the odd OF Mass celebrated ad Orientem, the more I got used to it.
Now I can’t stand Mass celebrated facing the people. It makes me feel very uncomfortable watching the priest, especially during those intimate moments such as the consecration (which our former FSSP priest told us is a type of consummation for the priest who is

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