The pope models in the Sistine Chapel for bishops, priests, deacons and the laity, the option of ad orientem Mass celebrations:
I completely accept Vatican II’s document on the liturgy which explicitly states and without ambiguity that the priest has no right to change any aspect of the liturgy on his own accord or by his authority. I think too that this would extend also to Liturgy Committees. With this disclaimer, what do you think of my suggestions below for the Ordinary Form of the Mass to be more in continuity with the Extraordinary Form of the Mass?
The premise to the suggestions below is that “ad orientem” is used; the choreography of the EF is used for movements of the priest and altar servers. The priest would kiss the altar each time he turns from it to the congregation and that the greeting at the beginning of Mass be transferred back to the time prior to praying the opening collect (as it is done by the way in the Eucharistic Liturgy of the Episcopal Church, thus making the Mass more ecumenical, not to mention traditional.) Apart from that, I suggest no other changes to the rubrics of the OF Mass whatsoever.
At the Foot of the Altar, Sign of the Cross facing altar; the Invitation to prepare for Mass facing people
Penitential Rite, Confiteor and absolution, facing altar
After absolution, the priest ascends the altar with the priest, congregation, and choir singing the official introit. The priest kisses the altar and if incense is used, incenses it.
At the conclusion of the Introit and with the priest at the center of the altar, the Kyrie is sung and the priest intones the Gloria which is then sung by all.
Then the priest turns and greets the people with “The Lord be with you…” and goes to pray the Collect at the "Epistle" side of the altar.
All sit down for the normal Liturgy of the Word as it is currently celebrated.
During the Gospel Procession the missal is transferred to the left side of the priest or deacon as he faces the altar praying the prayer of preparation for reading the Gospel.
The Gospel is proclaimed.
The priest at the center of the altar recites or sings with the congregation the Creed.
All sit for the normal collection, offertory procession and preparation of the altar. The offertory antiphon is sung and other music covers the action of the Rite of Preparation through the incensations and "Orate Fratres."
After the washing of the hands, the priest turns to the congregation for the “Pray, my brothers and sisters.”
Everything as usual, but facing the altar through the Lord’s Prayer.
Face the people for “The Peace of the Lord be with you” and Let us offer the sign of peace”
The Agnus Dei is Sung for the "Breaking of the Bread."
The priest turns to the people for the “Ecce Agnus Dei”
Priest and People Receive Holy Communion in the normal way
The Missal is placed on the "Epistle" Side of the altar during Holy Communion
The Prayer after Holy Communion is prayed at the "Epistle" Side
The priest goes to the center of the altar and kisses it, turns to the people, greets them, blesses them and he or the deacon if present dismisses them, he descends the altar, turns, bows or genuflects depending on where the tabernacle is located and recesses during the recessional hymn.
Other than these tiny rubrical changes and ad orientem, this is an Ordinary Form Mass in the vernacular. Your thoughts?