From the January/February, 2006 issue of Touchstone
Rite Light by Shawn Tribe

Rite Light

Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer
by Uwe Michael Lang
Ignatius Press, 2004
(156 pages, $12.95, paperback)

reviewed by Shawn Tribe

We have seen enough images of Muslims at prayer in recent years to know they have a sense of sacred direction when they pray, as have the Jewish people historically, but what about Christians? Has that been a part of our tradition, and is it important?

This idea of sacred direction in liturgical prayer is what Uwe Michael Lang, a Catholic priest of the London Oratory of St. Philip Neri (the same religious congregation to which John Henry Newman belonged) sets out to discuss. Father Lang gives an affirmative and convi . . .


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