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Nebraska diocese will move to ad orientem liturgy during Advent

November 20, 2014

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, has announced that Mass will be celebrated ad orientem in the diocsean cathedral during Advent, to remind the faithful of the symbolism of facing East.

Explaining the move, Bishop Conley writes:

But the symbolism of facing together, and awaiting Christ, is rich, time-honored and important. Especially during Advent, as we await the coming of the Lord, facing the east together—even symbolically facing Christ together at the altar and on the crucifix—is a powerful witness to Christ’s imminent return.

The bishop says that other parishes in the Lincoln diocese will also move toward the ad orientem liturgical posture, with his strong endorsement.

 


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