Luther on high altar versus table

Here [in Wittenberg] we retain the vestments, altar, and candles until they are used up or we are pleased to make a change. But we do not oppose anyone who would do otherwise. In the true mass, however, of real Christians, the altar should not remain where it is, and the priest should always face the people as Christ doubtlessly did in the Last Supper. But let that await its own time. LW 53:69

(Not only does Luther encourage the table, as did Vatican II 400 years later, but he also seems comfortable with losing the vestments. I’m curious if he means all vestments or just the chasuble.)

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Bishop of the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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