From a reader:
Is there any precendence for saying the Offertory and Canon audibly at a TLM? I’ve heard a few people who are attached to a traditional group who say that the "silence" in the Mass pertaining to the Offertory and Canon is to be considered a "stage whisper" and it’s a good thing for at least those serving at the altar to be able to hear the Canon.
Precedent? I suppose in very ancient times. In more modern times, you could call the Novus Ordo a precedent.
Gravitational pull, remember?
It works both ways.
Seriously, I don’t think you should strive for this in celebrations of the TLM. Leave the Canon silent.
One of the most important dimensions of the TLM is the lack of the constant talking found in the Novus Ordo. Even Joseph Card. Ratzinger said we needed to explore a return to a silent Canon in one of his book on liturgy.
And yes, it is good that servers know where you are. Thus, the voice should be just loud enough for the server to hear where you are. However, even if the server can’t hear, he should be able to know where ‘the priest is are by his gestures.
In any event, the description of the level of voice for the priest in most manuals is that he should be just loud enough for the servers to hear.
I think the Canon out loud is overrated. I the think the silent Canon has a great deal more to recommend.