William Stringfellow on Liturgy

The scriptural integrity of the liturgy requires that the laity not be spectators but participants–not as a matter of piety, nor merely for their own sake, but because they gather, as a congregation, as delegates and, indeed, advocates of the world. That is why the traditional Protestant “preaching service”–even when the preaching is an exposition of the Word of God and not some religious diatribe–is an impoverished and inadequate liturgy for the church; by the same token, that is why the Mass recited in the absence of a congregation or celebrated in a language not familiar to the people is a compromise of the scriptural integrity of the liturgy.

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