This is a venting and a ranting!
Just finished our 8 AM Holy Mass. I was the concelebrant as the parochial vicar was the celebrant.
During the Eucharistic Prayer, and of course we are facing the congregation, I noticed a young man enter the side door of the church which would have been to my front left. That in and of itself is a distraction. I did not recognize him and today, that causes some concern, although he looked harmless enough.
But he looked surprised that Mass was going on. He knelt in prayer and then during the consecration of the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord, he decided to get up, drop a coin into our votive candle stand and light a candle and then he promptly left.
I could feel my blood pressure start to rise as I was completely distracted by what he was doing and doing it during the words of consecration. And I was even more distracted that he then departed.
Obviously, as a visitor to the church he didn't know Mass was in progress and as a coloring book Catholic he didn't know how important the consecration of the Mass is and that no one should ever do anything to distract anyone let alone the priest at this or any other point in the Mass. He simply want to light a votive candle for a prayer intention and nothing, not even the most hallowed part of the Mass would distract him or detain him from doing so and he didn't mind walking out of the Church during this moment at Mass!
But my point to you is the following:
I just recounted to you in vivid eyewitness detail what happened and how it affected me, my blood pressure and consternation. In other words, I was not praying; I was not adoring; I was not contemplating; I was not in spiritual rapture of awe and wonder at what was happening before my very eyes at the Holy Altar of Most Holy Sacrifice!
If I had been facing ad orientem as a celebrant or concelebrant, I would not have experienced any distraction in prayer, praise, contemplation or adoration.