This question needs a brief preface:
I entered the Church in the Extraordinary Form of Mass. In my studies I understood that the Canon (Eucharistic Prayer) was (obviously) said only by the priest. I thought the end of the prayer was the ‘great amen’ as we were taught in the Anglican church. So therefore we should remain quiet until the ‘great amen’.
Well after a number of years I had to return to the Ordinary Form of Mass. I joined in the Memorial Acclamation until one day the folk choir had a youngster with a drum. At this solemn moment there was a loud ‘bang’ to finish the Acclamation.
That’s what made me stop and think about the appropriateness of saying anything before the Amen.
I’m guessing that I’m mistaken about not joining in the Memorial Acclamation.
Considering the fact that I come from a very traditional viewpoint and that I know that the Canon is the exclusive territory of the Celebrant, please help me understand why I should welcome the Memorial Acclamation before the amen.
Thanks in advance for your help,