- The altar should be built apart from the wall, in such a way that it is possible to walk around it easily and that Mass can be celebrated at it facing the people, which is desirable wherever possible. The altar should, moreover, be so placed as to be truly the center toward which the attention of the whole congregation of the faithful naturally turns. 116 The altar is usually fixed and is dedicated.
How is the GIRM allowed to say this if the Novus Ordo Missae can be said ad orientem? It doesn’t sound right.