In the (Engliish language, Eucharistic Prayer#2) mass I participated in yesterday, the priest celebrated at the altar with his back to the congregation. I haven’t seen that for a long time.
It’s a 20th Century building… From the 1980’s, I’d guess. Not a chapel, but the main “auditorium,” about 500 communicants present. The altar was not against a wall. It was about a third of the way back from the front edge of the podium, the same position as most of the rest of the churches in this diocese.
Is there a canon law governing which way a priest faces, or is it a choice of the celebrant’s?