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|Meeting Christ in the Liturgy|
Instruction of the Roman Missal
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14. Since by nature the celebration of Mass has the character of being the act of a community,22 both the dialogues between celebrant and congregation and the acclamations take on special value;23 they are not simply outward signs of the community's celebration, but the means of greater communion between priest and people.
15. The acclamations and the responses to the priest's greeting and prayers create a degree of the active participation that the gathered faithful must contribute in every form of the Mass, in order to express clearly and to further the entire community's involvement.24
16. There are other parts, extremely useful for expressing and encouraging the people's active participation, that are assigned to the whole congregation: the penitential rite, the profession of faith, the general intercessions, and the Lord's Prayer.
a. Some constitute an independent rite or act, such as the «Gloria», the responsorial psalm, the «Alleluia» verse and the verse before the gospel, the «Sanctus», the memorial acclamation, and the song after communion.
22. See SC art. 26, 27
23. See SC art. 30.
24. See SCR, Instr. MusSacr no. 16a.
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