[quote="SetonGirl, post:8, topic:304217"]
I'm tryiing to remember and I'm thinking that maybe the higher altar was so close to the wall that the priest wouldn't fit behind it. I will check next time I go there. If it is close to the wall then that is new too because that was the altar they've been using for at least a couple of years that I've been visiting there.
The higher altar is the old altar and the lower one is new. I'm wondering if maybe the priest plans to start saying Latin Masses. Would that explain things? I know there are some pro-Latin mass people at that parish. Are Latin Masses said at a high altar?
In most Roman Catholic churches before Vatican II, the altars were built right into the wall because the priest didn't need to be able to walk around it (technically, he did when incensing but they just did the best they could).
A wall altar isn't necessarily a "high altar" though. My parish was built in 1893 and has three altars, a "high altar" in the middle with marble angels and a canopy over the tabernacles for Sunday and Holy Day Masses, and two smaller, simpler "side altars" for daily Mass.
I have seen EF Masses celebrated on table altars, however, when no wall altar existed.