Facing The Pray-ers

All these examples [of rubrical instructions] show the reverence the church has for the prayers that the priest addresses to God while facing the people. The rubrics have a clear expectation that celebrating ad orientem is not an equal option. As this book notes, however, “facing the people” is not the same as “looking at the people.” When the priest prays, he will help the people pray if he looks above them rather than at them.

PAUL TURNER, ARS CELEBRANDI: CELEBRATING AND CONCELEBRATING MASS (COLLEGEVILLE, MN: THE LITURGICAL PRESS, 2021), 29.