I am a lector at my church and have recently been invited to read at an upcoming Vigil Mass at an adjoining parish. What I am concerned about is that at this other church, the congregation are in the habit of reading the psalm while the lector reads the response, the reverse of what normally occurs. Apparently, this was started several years ago by a previous incumbent to allow greater participation by the congregation and to make them feel more “included”. I feel a little uneasy about this so would appreciate a little advice if possible. What I would like to know is,
Is this practice acceptable?
What should I do on the night during Mass, go along with their current practice or recite the psalm and “force” (if that’s not too strong a word) the congregation to pray the response?
Should I approach the priest beforehand and share my unease?
Thank you in anticipation,