Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship, stated that the Council did not speak of the priest celebrating Mass facing the people, that it stressed the importance of Christ on the altar, reflected in Benedict XVI's celebration of the Mass in the Sistine Chapel facing the altar. This does not exclude the priest facing the people, in particular during the reading of the word of God. He stressed the need of the notion of mystery, and particulars such as the altar facing East and the fact that the sacrificial sense of the Eucharist must not be lost.
Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañizares also said recently that when it comes to the liturgy, some of the changes that were called on by the Second Vatican Council, are still pending. But if those changes are applied correctly, he says, even traditionalists groups, like that of Lefebvrians, would not feel mistrust.
This is the closing Mass at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Macon, Georgia for The Church Music Association of America's, Winter Chant Intensive that concluded last Friday!
This is about a twelve minute video of the rehearsal for the Mass: