What is “Full and Active Participation” in the Liturgy?
Sometimes when I’m visiting a parish I come across this odd practice of fitting as many people as possible into the processional. They’ve got robed choir members, then all the extraordinary ministers of communion, the lectors, the catechists, all the children, a couple of Boy Scouts, the Parish Administrator and the Janitor.
Everybody has to troop in, and then just about everybody has to be given some sort of job to do.
Why is this?
Probably this paragraph from Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Vatican II document on liturgy:
Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active