Our Lady of Fatima and worship ‘ad orientem’

Posted May 13, 2017 9:00 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

For a while, in preparation for talk, I’ve been reviewing the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.
I noticed something interesting.
Say that you are waiting for someone really important to arrive, perhaps someone you love.  You watch in the direction whence your expected love will come.
Say that your beloved is departing, though you long to spend more time together.  You watch your beloved go off until lost from sight.
Sound right?
For the first apparition, the children saw Our Lady standing on the holm oak.  When she left, she rose surrounded in light and disappeared into the East.  So the children were looking to the

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