While this concerns a concelebration of the Holy Qurbana by the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Zakka I Iwas with the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church in Kothamangalam, my question is primarily liturgical, rather than theological, so I have decided to post it here rather than the Non-Catholic Religions forum.
According to this video, it appears that the Qurbana is celebrated by Patriarch Igantius Zakka I and concelebrated by several other bishops. The venue appears to be an outdoor set-up. There also appears to be multiple altars at which the Qurbana is concelebrated. I believe that they are the altars because the it appears that the anaphoras are chanted while the bishops are facing it, and the Eucharist is confected with the Holy Gifts are on it.
What piques my curiosity is that it seems to be a new concept to me. In the case of concelebrations of the Roman Rite and the Byzantine Rite, the anaphoras are centered around the same altar. However, this appears to be synchronised over multiple altars at once. The closest I can think of it is the simultaneous celebration of Mass at multiple altars in the same church in the Roman Rite, but in this case the masses celebrated on each of them are considered a separate mass each and not concelebrated, whereas in this instance, they are entirely synchronised.
My question therefore is this: is this normal for a concelebration? Is there a liturgical preference for a single altar or multiple altars?
If anybody has any insight into this, especially if they have deep personal experience with the West Syrian rite, be they Catholic or Orthodox, I do look forward to your contribution.