I noted in the ROCOR news section that there was a talk scheduled in Munich, the Open Orthodox Seminar, which is an annual event in Europe. One topic piqued my interest. I emailed the speaker and was told her talk would be given in Russian, but that a talk in English was given at a recent Orientale Lumen conference. I happily post it below.
“Participatio actuosa (Active Participation of the Faithful) in the Context of Orthodox Liturgics” by Nun Vassa (Dr Larin, Vienna University)
In the 20th century, the Liturgical Movement in the Roman Catholic Church declared the need for participatio actuosa, or active participation, by the people in church services. Pastoral interest in such active participation was expressed at Vatican II, and inspired a whole series of liturgical reforms by that council. In her lecture, Nun Vassa will examine the principle of active participation in the context of Orthodox divine services, asking the question “Is the principle of “active participation” of the people—and not simply the clergy and choir—important in Orthodox services? Has there been pastoral concern in the history of Orthodox liturgics and the Typikon for the active participation of the people, and if so, what form did it take?”