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Why is the liturgy boring?

Priest at MassLaurie Bent, retired priest of Canberra and Goulburn, writes in response to Pat Flanagan’s article on liturgical reform

Sacrosanctum Concilium #30 states: By way of promoting 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.

Pat Flanagan in his recent excellent article referred to the fact that people used to come ‘to hear’ Mass. Likewise the priest ‘said Mass’. Even today people ask, ‘Who’s saying Mass?’ The quotation above from Sacrosanctum Concilium makes it clear that all, priest and faithful, are celebrating Mass. But how well has this filtered down to the troops?

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