(I will post pictures of our actual Ad Orientem Reform of the Reform Ordinary Form Mass when I get them and the video when we have it ready for the internet.)
Let me offer some of my reflections though on our Reform of the Reform Ordinary Form Mass.
1. It is a no-brainer and if only the Ordinary Form was implemented strictly as we celebrated it last night (I don't mean here the fancy Mass parts of Schubert), I don't think we would have had half of the liturgical and disciplinary problems that we've had in the Church over the last 50 years. If we had simply focused on the Lord rather than the Lord we made out of Vatican II and liturgical renewal, Vatican II well may have been a new zenith for the Church. But that's water under the bridge and we'll never know if my hypothesis is correct if or until we get to heaven.
2. The direction of liturgical prayer is important, very important, of the utmost importance. Facing the people does three very unintended things that are the antithesis of what Liturgical Prayer should be: 1)it places an unintended and deleterious emphasis on the celebrating priest's looks, facial piety or lack thereof, and personality which then overpowers the "sacramental sign" of the ordained priest being a liturgical image of Jesus Christ the High Priest who is the only One who offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and brings the ordained priest and the laity with him in that act; 2) it makes it look as though the priest is proclaiming prayer to the laity rather than God; and 3) it tempts the priest to gesture toward the laity during the Eucharistic prayer and precisely at the Consecrations as though the laity are the 12 Apostles at the Last Supper.
What the ordained priest is doing "In Persona Christi Capitis" is simply calling God's attention to His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ's most solemn and meritorious Sacrifice on the Cross on Good Friday as Jesus anticipated and memorialized it for the Apostles, the first bishops of the Church, on Holy Thursday, to be perpetually offered by them and their assistants, ordained priests, as a perpetual memorial until our Lord returns at the Second Coming.
We celebrated the entire Mass ad orientem, except for the Liturgy of the Word which as in the Ordinary Form was completely at the ambo. This included the Penitential Act, Kyrie, Gloria and Collect. The missal for this part was at the Epistle side of the altar. Of course the Liturgy of the Eucharist was ad orientem with the missal being transferred to the Gospel side as the "deacon" prepared to take the Book of the Gospels to the ambo. And the Concluding rite was celebrated ad orientem as the missal was transferred back to the Epistle side as Holy Communion was distributed. However, I could see the Introductory and Concluding Rites celebrated at the Chair as it would have been done in the EF Mass if a bishop were celebrating a Sung Mass.
3. There is a noble simplicity of Holy Communion by intinction. A hoard of Extraordinary Ministers ascending upon the altar at the Agnus Dei was not needed nor a multiplicity of additional chalices cluttering the altar. We had kneelers in front of us two priests distributing Holy Communion and people had the option of standing if they wished. Everyone, except for one elderly woman who could not kneel, knelt for Holy Communion. It was very easy though to give Holy Communion to someone standing even over the kneeler. Hospitality and liturgical flexibility should allow us to provide a kneeler and let the laity decide if they wish to kneel or stand for Holy Communion, although I believe that kneeling makes the act of Holy Communion more reverent "feeling and looking" for the one receiving and those observing. This truth has profound implications!
4. The Introit, Offertory and Communion Antiphons chanted in Latin were marvelous, although I believe an English chant of these would have be wonderful as well.
5. The Gradual and Tract chanted in Latin were effective as well, although English would have been great too. This is the first time I have experienced these chanted in an ordinary form sung Mass. We used Gradual after the Old Testament reading and the tract after the Epistle reading as the Gospel acclamation. But don't get me wrong, I love the chanted Ordinary Form Responsorial Psalm and Gospel acclamations as well, but I don't think the two forms should be mutually exclusive.
Now that we've broken the ice and celebrated the Ordinary Form of the Mass in this way, I'd love to celebrate it again with simpler music that the laity can sing with gusto, the parts of the Mass we already know. We've learned the Latinized parts of the Mass in English that are contained in the new Roman Missal (except for the Credo, but believe me, that is coming too!) But even the other parts we know, such as the Mass of Creation (with organ of course) would work very well in place of the Schubert parts we sung.
I was asked why don't we celebrate the Mass this way every day! That's a good question. I would want my bishop's endorsement to do so beginning with one of our Sunday Masses, but I'm chicken to ask. But time will tell. If I can wear pink at the Cherry Blossom Parade, asking permission shouldn't be so hard, or at least forgiveness if I don't ask!