As we all know, the rubrics of the modern rite of the Mass are weak and open to all kinds of machinations.
For example, the norm is for the Introductory Rite to take place at the chair; the liturgy of the word at the ambo and the Liturgy of the Eucharist at the altar. This is true except when it isn’t convenient or the norm can be disregarded.
I have seen since Vatican II and at our recent retreat, the celebrant “perform” the Introductory and concluding rites of the Mass at the altar and only use the chair to sit for the Liturgy of the Word at the ambo. I presume this is permissible because it is quite common especially since the pandemic.
Thus, can we make it up as we go and make the modern rite of the Mass look more like the Traditional Rite of the Mass if the Introductory and Concluding Rites are celebrated at the altar anyway?
I say, “why not?”
And thus, here are my suggested “rubrics” for doing so:
This is for a spoken Mass:
The ministers enter, the priest ascends the altar after the genuflection and kisses it. He goes to the Epistle side to either read by himself or lead he congregation in reciting the brief Introit in the Roman Missal, then he returns to the foot of the altar.
Facing the altar, he begins the “Sign of the Cross” and turns to the congregation and says, “the Lord be with you” with their response. Then he turns back to the altar, introduces the Penitential Act using the Confiteor and absolution. Then he ascends the altar, and recites or chants the Kyrie and then the Gloria if required. Then he turns to the congregation and says, “Let us Pray” and then goes to the Epistle side of the altar to pray the Collect of the Day.
Then he sits for the readings proclaimed by a lay reader.
At the time of the Gospel Acclamation, the priest returns to the center of the altar. The Roman Missal is transferred from the Epistle side of the altar to the Gospel side of the altar as the priest prays his private preparation prayers for reading the Gospel. Then he descends the altar and goes to the ambo to proclaim the Gospel.
After the homily, if one is given, the priest ascends to the center of the altar for the Credo if recited and then the Universal prayer. Then the offertory takes place as usual.
After Holy Communion and the ablutions, the Roman Missal is returned to the Epistle side of the altar. The priest goes and either recites alone or leads the congregation in the Communion Antiphon. He returns to the center of the altar, turns and faces the congregation for the Blessing and Dimissal. He turns and kisses the altar, descends the altar and leaves the sanctuary.