Is it acceptable, in a Novus Ordo Mass, for the priest to have his back to the congregation? I know this is required for the TLM, but I’ve never seen it done before in a NO Mass until we came to our present parish where we now belong. DH and I were wondering, is it acceptable to combine the posture of the TLM with everything else NO? The only time the priest faces us is for the “kiss of peace” (which is never extended for everyone to share - and I’m ok with that). And during Benediction, he also turns with Jesus in the monstrance toward the people. But the rest of Mass is with him facing the altar as in a TLM.
Hope I’ve explained this clearly.