From a reader:
Since I have found your blog, I have read it with much interest. You
recently had a post regarding “ad orientem” at Mass. What would be
“proper”/traditional way to have a catholic family pray. We often pray in a circle but should a family all be facing the East when praying?
When I write about prayer “ad orientem” I am thinking mainly about our official liturgical worship.
However, when you are praying together in the home, if you have a crucifix or an image of Our Lord on the wall in a prominent spot, why not “orient” your prayer toward it? Seems like a good idea? No? Everyone facing the same way, all towards a nice crucifix, or an image our Our Lady when saying the Rosary (though she always redirects our gaze back to her Son) could also help relieve any sense of self-consciousness someone might have.
That said, how happy I am to have this question be about prayer in the home!
Holy Church has referred to the family home as “the domestic Church”. As an image of the sacred and consecrated place we know as a “church”, the family home should also be filled with prayer. A church or family home without prayer is like a ruin or tomb.
The important thing is to pray, no matter which way you face.