The following are pictures of the altar both prior and after Vatican II with the post-Vatican II variations of a free standing altar in one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe, Chartres in France. What does the re-ordering of the main altar of Chartres Cathedral say to us psychologically?
This photo is a pre-Vatican II black and white photo of Chartres Cathedral main altar:
But my most important liturgical question that trumps all others in the post is: How in the world do altar boys light those tall candles?????????