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Ad occidentem prayer during Litya?

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#1 Sbdn. Peter Simko

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 03:57 PM

Hello friends!

Our parish has Litya rubrics which include a direction for the priest to face the west before saying the last prayer at the end of the petitions ("Hear us, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth...").

He then says, "Peace be to all," then finally turns to face East again.  Is this just an error in the text?  Why would the presbyter face west to pray to God?  I am guessing he should turn to the west at the peace, not before the prayer as the text seems to direct.  Any help would be appreciated; thank you!

Edited by Peter Simko, 08 October 2014 - 03:58 PM.

#2 Father David Moser

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 01:50 PM

In my experience, all the prayers at the litiya - including the "Hear us O God" - are said facing East (there is an exception) and then the blessing is given facing West (the people).  The exception is when litiya is done as a procession around the Church and each of the litanies is said in turn facing the Church on each of the four sides and the "Lord have mercies" are sung as we walk to the next side of the Church. We end up back in front of the Church where the priest's exclamation (Hearken O God ...) is said facing the altar (to the east) and the peace is given facing the people (to the west)


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