A question from a priest reader:
I am a diocesan priest. Can I celebrate the Novus Ordo ad orientem publicly without special permission? Are there rubrics on how to celebrate ad orientem?
Reverend and Dear Father,
Yes, yes, yes!
You can certainly celebrate Holy Mass ad orientem without any special permission.
As a matter of fact a careful reading of the rubrics in the Latin edition of the Missale Romanum presume that you are celebrating ad orientem.
As far as those rubrics are concerned, just say the black and do the red. Looking at the rubrics in the Latin edition will help.
At the same time, I will remind you (as if I needed to) that there will be pressure on you not to do this. Some of it will come from priests and maybe the chancery. Therefore, be prepared.
I think a good example of how the transition to ad orientem worship was carried out was in Greenville, SC. You might contact Fr. Newman and chat with him.
Also, other priests here have chimed in in the past about ad orientem worship. Some folks here might be so kind as to dig up links of those discussions from this blog about that topic.
Celebrating ad orientem is important. I think, as do others, that turning the altars around was the single most damaging thing that happened as a result of skewed ideas of liturgical reform.