From a reader:
This evening, I attended mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The mass was at ___.
Several things were different than what one experiences at most masses in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. 1.) Mass was ad orientem. 2.) Father wore Roman vestments. 3.) Holy Communion by Host only. 4.) No EMHC in this parish, The celebrant was assisted by another priest. 5.) No altar girls. 6.) No sign of Peace among the congregation. Holy Communion kneeling at an altar rail ( a few exceptions), with father going from left to right several times . There were well over a 100 receiving Communion. 7.) Very little touchdown gestures when praying.
Even though they are the same mass and without the above exceptions, the Ad Orientem presentation is in a different world than the Versus Populum presentation.
I would venture to say that those who only attend mass in their Novus Ordo Parish would not believe they were attending an Ordinary Form mass if the mass was said Ad Orientem. Even in the language that they normally hear it.
A few points.
When Mass according to the Novus Ordo is celebrated well and in a traditional Roman style, it can be less different from the older, traditional form than Masses according to the Novus Ordo celebrated at parishes near each other.
Also, I would wager that the priest(s) at that parish at some point learned the older, tradition form of the Roman Rite. In turn, that experience has produced a knock-on effect in their use of the Ordinary Form. In turn, again, a knock-on effect will result in the congregation. The way we pray has a reciprocal relationship with what we believe.
Distribution of Holy Communion at an altar rail is more efficient and more reverent.
Ad orientem worship must be revived.