UPDATE: I have had several more requests from lay people about how to participate at celebrations of Holy Mass in its older, traditional form. Thus, I revive this entry, FWIW.
Everyone: Can I have some help with this?
I received an e-mail with a question I simply don’t have time to answer. Maybe some of the better informed of you can help.
Let’s stick to suggestions you can also cite, please, and not just what you like to do.
Here is what the questioner asked:
I am currently engaged in the happy task of preparing a Mass booklet for my parish, which, Deo volente, will be soon scheduling a traditional Sunday Mass. The booklet I have made is similar to the red Mass booklets published by the Coalition in support of Ecclesia Dei but, I hope, a little more user-friendly and informative.
One of the things that has befuddled me is proper instructions for lay participation. Both O’Connell and Fortescue state that the congregation is to STAND after the [major] Elevation at a High Mass (O’Connell goes on to say that "they may remain kneeling after the Consecration but should stand for the communal recitations of the Pater Noster" at a Dialogue Mass (p. 690, 1959 edition; cf. Fortescue, p. 95, 1962 edition)). They also both state that the congregation sit down after the priest has consumed the Precious Cup. Both of these directives astounded me: Never have I seen anyone stand after the elevation of the chalice at a extraordinary-form Mass, and I have always seen people kneel at or after the Agnus Dei, not remain standing only to sit after the Priest’s communion.
I want the instructions for this booklet to be accurate, but I also don’t want them to fly in the face of accepted custom. Is there some directive from the SRC I’m missing?