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Is the Eucharistic Prayer Theatre?

"You don’t look out at the audience much,” a member of my congregation told me once. I was baffled and asked him to repeat...

Facing Liturgical East

By Bryan Owen When I was newly ordained, my bishop appointed me to serve in a parish with an altar against the wall. I was...

Details matter: Against ‘adiaphora’

Our regular, knee-jerk assertions that only the Creed matters do great damage to the unity of Christian witness and the integrity of Christian life.

TBT: The Eastward position

In the the April 28, 1968, issue of The Living Church, Fr. Francis W. Read considered "experiments" with facing the people during the Eucharist.

A report on ad orientem in a local parish

I have followed Covenant’s dueling blog posts about the ad orientem debate, since we have the issue before us in the parish I am serving: St Luke's in Catskill, New York. In most refitted liturgical spaces, the message of iconoclasm and abandonment is unavoidable. Over the years I have come to find this visual message a poignant embarrassment.

Orientation and eucharistic sacrifice: Continuing a discussion

In this offering, we return the whole of creation, including ourselves, to the Father.

Further facing into the Eucharist: A friendly response to Bishop Martins

The Eucharist is only a meal because it is first and most fundamentally a sacrifice.

Facing into the Eucharist

I could not have imagined a day when celebrating the Eucharist facing “liturgical east” would be considered cutting edge, nouveau, très chic.


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