It is, therefore, of the greatest importance that the celebration of the Mass or the Lord’s Supper be so ordered that the sacred ministers and the faithful taking part in it, according to the state proper to each, may draw from it more abundantly those fruits, to obtain which, Christ the Lord instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood and entrusted it as the memorial of his Passion and Resurrection to the Church, his beloved Bride. This will fittingly come about if, with due regard for the nature and other circumstances of each liturgical assembly, the entire celebration is arranged in such a way that it leads to a conscious, active, and full participation of the faithful, namely in body and in mind, a participation fervent with faith, hope, and charity, of the sort which is desired by the Church and which is required by the very nature of the celebration and to which the Christian people have a right and duty in virtue of their Baptism.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), 17-18.

What does Full and Active Participation mean?

The acclamations and the responses of the faithful to the Priest’s greetings and prayers constitute that level of active participation that is to be made by the assembled faithful in every form of the Mass, so that the action of the whole community may be clearly expressed and fostered. –GIRM, 35.

Dress Code for Liturgical Ministers

Lay persons serving as Liturgical Ministers at a Liturgical Celebration should be dressed in a manner representative of the cultural norms of our society for attendance at a Celebration.  In our society, a suitable test for determining whether you are properly dressed for a Liturgical Celebration is to ask yourself whether you are dressed properly for a daytime Wedding. Specific dress code guidelines are provided.

I’m interested. What do I do?

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