Day #77: Sacrosanctum Concilium 26-32

We continue our reading of section 3 of Chapter I of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.  Today we look at “norms drawn from the hierarchic and communal nature of the Liturgy.”

Today’s passage emphasizes that the liturgy is primarily a public – not private – prayer.  All those who have a function ought to exercise it.

Article 30 gives a helpful explanation of just what the Council Fathers mean by “active participation” with regards to the laity.  It says:

“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.”

Note it does not say that everyone needs to be in the sanctuary doing something (which would, of course, be impossible).

One footnote today:

[33] St. Cyprian, On the Unity of the Cathotic Church, 7; cf. Letter 66, n. 8, 3.

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