From a reader:
My grandmother lives in a small town here in NJ that still has a Memorial Day ceremony and parade every year. Yesterday, I noticed that when the young woman came up to sing the National Anthem, she turned the microphone around and sang it facing the veterans and the flag, both which were behind the podium that had been set up. This happened twice, once at the Veterans Memorial and once at the local town cemetery. I figured that the reason she did this was to show that it was not a performance of the National Anthem, but rather sung in remembrance and honor of our country and our fallen veterans.
This raised a thought — if the flag and veterans merit so much respect that this young woman did not perform the National Anthem to us, but rather sang it facing them, why is it so difficult for a priest to celebrate Mass ad orientem? Obviously, Mass is not a performance, but is said in remembrance and honor of Jesus Christ, why not say it facing Him?