Participatio Actuosa

 

This is directed at every “Tom, Dick and Harry” that rushes the altar at communion time, or as readers or musicians or in whatever “faux liturgical minister” capacity.  It is also directed at priests, bishops and pope who encourage this kind of behavior.

His Excellency Bishop Schneider: The first person to use the expression “participatio actuosa” was Pope Pius X in his famous motu proprio Tra le Sollecitudini [4] concerning sacred music. The pope speaks about ”participatio actuosa” and explains that it means that the faithful must be conscious of the sacred words and rites during the Holy Mass, participating consciously rather than distractedly. Their heart and their mouth have to be in accord with each another. Practically, the same meaning can be found in the document “Sacrosantum Concilium” of the Second Vatican Council,[5] we cannot find there any major reinterpretation of the term. And Sacrosanctum Concilium teaches that in practice participatio actuosa means listening, answering, singing, kneeling and also being silent. It was the first time that the Magisterium had spoken about silence as a form of participatio actuosa. So we have to destroy some myths about ”articipatio actuosa”.

Go sit down and participate in the real sense of the word by adoring God in His Word and in His Real Presence.

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Posted on April 22, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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