Whether the Congregation Should Say the Part of the Crowd during the Passion Narratives

Throughout the United States it is common in Novus Ordo liturgies to proclaim the Gospel for Palm Sunday and Good Friday with contributions from the priest, a second reader who is the narrator, a third reader who voices other characters in the Gospel, and the congregation who says the parts of the crowd. Growing up with this format may lead one to conclude this practice is appropriate because the readings are long and it helps keep the congregation engaged or fosters “active” participation in the Mass. Though these are well-intentioned reasons, this method of proclaiming the Gospel appears in discontinuity with the liturgical tradition and the current norms. Continue reading