Shawn at The New Liturgical Movement has posted Part 1 of a two-part series called Active Participation in the Modern and Ancient Liturgy: Its True Nature and the Myth Surrounding.
I. The True Nature of Active Participation
For decades people have heard of or spoken about active participation. In fact, one cannot hear from a liturgist these days it seems without hearing about the conciliar desire for "full, conscious and active participation" in the sacred liturgy. In fact, it's thrown out there so much, and so carelessly, that it has had the unfortunate effect of producing an eye-rolling response in the faithful who are concerned with the liturgical changes that occured after the Council.
It seems to me according to modern litur-geists that "full, conscious, and active participation" means that the congregation MUST sing everything, despite the GIRM's citation of certain pieces that "may be sung by the choir alone, or..."
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By the way, would THIS constitute "full, conscious, and active participation"?
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