Apologies once again to the readers of Pray Tell. I have been “on the road” in Missouri, Wisconsin, northern Minnesota, and Indiana over the past few weeks and have not been able to keep up with my presentation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy’s teaching. Beginning today I intend to resume my Monday and Thursday postings. You may consider it your Lenten penance ☺.
Vatican Website Translation:
30. To promote active participation, the people should be encouraged to take part by means of acclamations, responses, psalmody, antiphons, and songs, as well as by actions, gestures, and bodily attitudes. And at the proper times all should observe a reverent silence.
30. Ad actuosam participationem promovendam, populi acclamationes, responsiones, psalmodia, antiphonae, cantica, necnon actiones seu gestus et corporis habitus foveantur. Sacrum quoque silentium suo tempore servetur.
Slavishly literal translation:
30. For promoting active participation, acclamations, responses, psalmody, antiphons, canticles, additionally actions as well as gestures and bodily stances of the people are to be encouraged. Also sacred silence is to be observed in its own time.
Since article 14 has already taught that “in the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy,…full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered above all else,” it is not surprising that norms drawn from the hierarchic and communal nature of the liturgy would spell out at least partially in what that participation consists. Here there appear to be three categories in which active participation is manifest among the faithful: 1) verbal (and interestingly, the genres mentioned for verbal participation prize singing); 2) bodily; and 3) silence. Readers of Pray Tell may wish to comment on how effectively such active participation has been accomplished over the last fifty years, what promotes or impedes it today, and what suggestions they might have for the future.