From a priest reader:
I have been working towards implementing some liturgical changes here, to include ad orientem since my sanctuary allows for adjusting the altar’s location to accommodate it. What I am looking for is some rubrical aid. At what points does the priest turn towards the congregation? I have tried googling for that but have not found anything useful.
Also, I would like to do some sound catechesis with the parish prior to starting and wonder if you have any suggestions for good resources for that.
As a bit of background – I went through seminary at ____ and was ordained in ’89. As you can probably imagine, ad orientem and Extraordinary Form were never brought into the training program.
Yes, I can imagine that.
First, you can check the rubrics in the 2002 Missale Romanum. Also, compare them with TLM.
That said, at the altar the priest would turn as indicated when he addresses the congregation. For example, he would turn to receive the gifts brought to the altar. He would turn to say the Orate Fratres. He would turn for the Ecce Agnus Dei and for the final blessing and dismissal. You don’t kiss the altar when turning, as you would in the TLM.
To get up to speed on catechesis you might start by listening to some PODCAzTs (esp. #37, #43, #48, I made about the altar and ad orientem worship.
Every priest needs to have these three resources. If you don’t have these books, buy them now with these links:
Klaus Gamber’s The Reform of the Roman Liturgy.
Michael Lang’s Turning Towards the Lord.
Joseph Ratzinger The Spirit of the Liturgy.