The common orientation of priest and people during the Liturgy of the Eucharist symbolizes—or perhaps better, lives out—the Church’s conviction that the Mass is an act of worship offered to the Thrice-Holy God.
CHR Comment: The article includes comment on early Christian practice and Vatican II liturgical reform, which is now being reconsidered.
Source: He’s Not “Turning his Back to the People” | George Weigel | First Things
This book explores the use of the bema platform in early Syrian Orthodox churches. The bema was a raised platform from which Scripture was read in the synagogue, which was adopted by early Christian churches.
Review of Biblical Literature.
Evangelical author converts to Episcopal Church. Interesting interview about the power of liturgical worship and grounding in the creed, although the Episcopal Church is theologically liberal or progressive.
Rachel Held Evans defends exit from evangelicalism, calls Christians to celebrate sacraments – On Faith & Culture.