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EASTWARD POSITION

The practice of a priest at Mass standing on the west side of the altar and facing east, which was introduced in Rome in the eighth century. In the Anglican Communion the eastward position is observed in many churches.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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