I must say that I get annoyed with the laity in whatever form of the Mass sit, stand or kneel as bumps on a log. Maybe they are faithful, mesmerized or otherwise engaged and practicing Catholics but their liturgical style of bump on logs approach to the Mass isn't sacramental--there has to be sacramental signs of their actual participation that is at its foundation spiritual, faith-filled by the grace of God but also external by the grace of God.
This brings me to what Fr. Anthony of Praytell is reporting (with my concluding comments at the end):
The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments is holding a plenary session in February 2019, as Pray Tell reported. Pray Tell has learned that the proposed topic for this plenary session is:
The Liturgical Formation of the People of God.It’s a rich topic with many aspects, and the treatment of it might extend in several possible directions.
The wording of the topic suggests a commitment to the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council, which emphasized that the church is the entire “People of God.” As the Vatican’s International Theological Commission affirmed in 1984,
‘One can say, indeed, that the expression “people of God” has come to stand for the ecclesiology of the Council.”MY COMMENTS: For Fr. Anthony, ecclesiology once again becomes that golden calf of worship rather than what the Mass is intended to be, the worship of God the Father through His Son Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Once again the problem since the council and before is peripheral aspects of the Church and her liturgy become the object of adoration and not God Himself and the Sacrifice of His only Begotten Son to save us from eternal damnation because of our sinfulness.
I pray that this plenary session helps the Church in all forms of her liturgy to include the Eastern Rites and all our Latin Rites, (which also includes the Extraordinary Form) to understand what actual participation is in a hierarchically ordered Church each with his or her own responsibilities and calling!
Let's not make gods or gold calves out of ecclesiology or peripheral aspects of the liturgy.