From a reader…
When ‘presiding’ at the NO ‘facing the people’, is there anything that mandates that during things like the Collect, or the Kyrie, or the Gloria, or the Communion prayer, that the priest has to face the people? I help at parishes so I can’t change the general way things are done ….
The rubrics of the Ordinary Form are – as in many other matters – silent on the direction the priest is facing during those prayers you mentioned. In fact, the rubrics fail to mention the orientation of the priest everywhere except for the few times he is enjoined to “turn to the people and say…”. That presupposes, of course, that he is celebrating ad orientem. In other words, ad orientem is the default way to celebrate Mass in the Roman Rite.
Feasibly, as far as rubrics are concerned, for some parts of the Mass Father could be at the side of the altar, in front of the altar, behind the altar, suspended above the altar, or even hiding behind a pillar somewhere in the church.