- wanting to say Mass facing the same direction aas the people,
- in the ancient orientation for Christian prayer,
- disliking a barrier between me and the people
I have so far three pwoplw have commented two saying they were in favour and one person who said she hoped it wasn't a move backwards away from the principles of Vatican II. I haven't yet had the opportunity to ask what exactly these principles are. I suspect it be about lay involvement.
The truth of the matter is I think that the last of my reasons is acrtually the most important for me. I dislike the barrier the altar creates. I fully recognise that I am as the Church teaches, "ontologically different", "not only in degree but in nature". That said when I go to the altar I am also a suppliant who stands before the living God. I want to be number amongst Christ's faithful, I don't want to be the "centre" of worship. I don't really want to lead it, I want to lead people to Christ. I am quite happy to be the instrument of the Church in celebrating the liturgy but it is Christ who is the High Priest. I am told I am an adequate preacher, what I do not have much skill at is doing the, "these or similar words", which appears at various places in the current English version of the Missal, I always use the "these".
I can't help but think that turning towards the Lord my answer some of my own needs in worship, well in fact I know it does.
have a look at Fr Martin Fox's reasons for celebrating ad orientem.