The site Mystagogy reports on the celebration, with the approval of the local Greek bishop, of the Divine Liturgy of Sarapion (4th century Egyptian bishop) in a revival of a historical rite:
I was blessed, in both my former ministries (UMC and Lutheran) to have had sufficient liturgical freedom so as to utilize ancient liturgies on special occasions.
The Serapaion Anaphora
is lovely, particularly for its provision for commemorating "those who have fallen asleep", asking God to "hallow these souls, for you know them all."
I used the Serapaion Anaphora
for my first celebration following Ordination...versus populi
. A couple of years later I used it at the final liturgy I served in that parish; and by then the list of names commemorated had doubled. That time was ad orientum
Two decades passed before I returned to Serapion; this time at my 25th anniversary of Ordination, over two decades in the same parish, and I was told that the reading of the names took ten minutes. That time, and the time which followed was ad orientum
My most recent use was when I left that parish; for that Eucharist I shortened the Commemorations by reading only the first names, and it was celerated versus populi
There are strengths and weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages with either positioning. Irrespective of orientation, the Serapion Anaphora
is a treasure which deserves occasional use.