I went to mass today in the small university chapel (I go to a Catholic university) and there were about eight other people present. Before the Eucharistis prayer the priest said "Join me around the table of The Lord." Everybody stood up and mad a semicircle around the altar. I was uncomfortable and stalled, but didn't know what else to do so I joined. And so for the entire Eucharistic prayer and the consecration, everyone just stood there. And then we received communion and retired to our original seats.
Is this an abuse or is this valid? Was I wrong to feel uncomfortable about it?