Facing the people ... Communion in the hand too. What?
The first Novus Ordo Mass ...
Yesterday's Gospel told the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. I think it was the first time I heard it presented as a direct analogy to the Mass as we celebrate it today. Of course I've heard homilies similar to that, especially emphasizing that it was in the Eucharist that the disciples recognized Christ present - in the breaking of the bread. Yet the emphasis on the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist was never brought out so well in my hearing as it was this past weekend. I also came across the notion in a couple of meditations I read elsewhere online and in Magnificat.
Very simply, Christ opens the disciple's minds to the Scriptures, and they recognize him in the breaking of the bread. The first Novus Ordo Sunday Mass. How cool is that? (No one used the term Novus Ordo - I added that.)