Thanks for your input. I contacted my pastor by email and sighted that in the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy 22.3 “no other person, even if he be the priest, may add, remove or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority” he wasn’t to happy with me and indicated he had made a pastoral decision to use the recording and intended to use it again on Good Friday. I was taught to respect the pastors and never questioned there understanding of church documents or church proceedings, so the tenor of his remarks to me were somewhat harsh. He did call me back later and apologized and we agreed to meet after Easter to discuss this and other items I have noticed in my new parish.
I had contacted the Office for Worship in my diocese with the same concerns and received a reply today, here is what they said.
Certainly the Passion is to be proclaimed by one or three live persons. The Church indicates that the Passion is proclaimed by deacons or priests or by lay readers. It does not suppose the faithful have any text (e.g. “Crucify him”). The role of the faithful is to listen, not follow along in missalettes waiting for their line. Doing this limits their ability to participate in the full breadth of the account of the Passion and its implication in their lives of discipleship.
The Lectionary gives two options for the proclamation of the Passion. It can be proclaimed by one priest or one deacon or by three people with the part of Christ reserved for the priest.
As for the silence and kneeling, the Lectionary does indicate “all kneel and observe silence”.
Office for Worship
Diocese of Cleveland
1404 East 9th St. - 6th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
There was nothing in the reply on how to go about correcting this.