Saturday, May 06, 2006
Another Word on ParticipationVia John Allen, another critic, NPM founder Virgil Funk, takes ICEL head Bruce Harbert to task: (T)he leaders of the liturgical movement, starting with Pius X and ending with Paul VI desired that the assembly "participate" in the liturgy. There is no mistake about its meaning in 1960. Clearly, Harbert wishes to place emphasis on the role of the Spirit in initiating the act of worship, rather than a Pelagian self-starting celebration by the initiative of the assembly. I applaud him for this effort. But, active participation has a historical pedigree worth keeping.