[quote="Brendan, post:2, topic:310110"]
Pope Benedict answered that in his book "The Spirit of the Liturgy"
What we, as members of the Common Priesthood are to do is to offer ourselves in conjunction with the Sacrifice being offered by the priest
The Eucharistic Prayer in general, and the Consecration in specific, is the prayer being offered by Christ Himself to the Father, articulated by the priest in persona Christi.
What we do, as members of the Faithful, is to offer our Wills, our Intellect and our Actions as a sacrifice in union with the Sacrifice being offered by the priest.
They are distinct sacrifices being offered, as noted by the priest "..My Sacrifice and Yours".
Thanks for taking time to reply. The answer H.H. gave actually reminded me of something I read on the Sancta Missa site. I'll have to find the text of that and post it.
[quote="Bookcat, post:9, topic:310110"]
No. Such would be actually an abuse (even though well meaning)
And one needs to follow current rubrics for the other parts. The Priests have their parts the Faithful...theirs.
[52.] The proclamation of the Eucharistic Prayer, which by its very nature is the climax of the whole celebration, is proper to the Priest by virtue of his Ordination. It is therefore an abuse to proffer it in such a way that some parts of the Eucharistic Prayer are recited by a Deacon, a lay minister, or by an individual member of the faithful, or by all members of the faithful together. The Eucharistic Prayer, then, is to be recited by the Priest alone in full.
a good read on the Liturgy and Eucharist from Pope Benedict XVI: vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_ben-xvi_exh_20070222_sacramentum-caritatis_en.html
and here is the GIRM usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/the-mass/general-instruction-of-the-roman-missal/
Thanks, I'll look over the info on those sites.
Seems I was off a bit on the Adoration idea. I got that from the suggestions to say "My Lord and My God" or "My Lord, My God, And My All" at the consecration. I've seen this in old prayer books.
[quote="R_C, post:10, topic:310110"]
The faithful have a role in the prayer of Holy Mass. Certainly it benefits to "pray the Mass" along with the priest, but it is the priest that offers the sacrifice in persona Christi by virtue of the Holy Orders. The prayer of the faithful is particularly emphasized in the new order of the Mass, thus following the Missal certainly becomes "easier" in this sense. It is not so in other rites, or in the extraordinary form. F.ex. in the Missale Romanum clearly some prayers we follow but not actively pray, like "The Lord be in my heart and on my lips that I may worthily and fittingly proclaim His Gospel" or "Accept, O Holy Father, Almighty and eternal God, this spotless host, which I, Thine unworthy servant, offer to Thee, my living and true God, to atone for my numberless sins, offenses and negligences; on behalf of all here present and likewise for all faithful Christians living and dead".
The words of the Consecration are the words spoken by the Lord and transmitted to us by Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. While the priest proclaims them, the faithful hear them and pray them in their hearts. There is a special solemnity when we echo in our hearts the words of the Consecration, but whether we do or not is truly irrelevant here in terms of the Sacrament. However, one may consider that this, and in general praying the Mass, opens our souls more to the graces of the Sacrament (which are always given in the same measure ex opere operato, but not always received in the same measure by each soul). As Bookcat stated in his two great posts above, "be attentive to the prayer and unite yourself to the Holy Sacrifice".
Thanks for the reply R_C. I suppose the answer to my initial question does lie in the prayers. The moment of the Consecration and Elevation was what I wasn't quite sure of.