Excerpt from War Prayers for a Week on Liturgical Lines
Monseigneur Duchesne, in Christian Worship (translated by M. L. Mcclure), page 107, speaking of forms of worship in the early ages of the Church, says The president of the congregation, that is, the officiating minister, invited the faithful to pray to God, indicating sometimes more or less brieﬂy the general tenor of the prayer in which they were to join, and, at others, confining himself to a short formula of invitation. The congregation then assumed silently the attitude of prayer - that is, they stood with their arms raised up and hands extended. On certain days they were accustomed to knee], or even to prostrate themselves with their faces to the ground. They remained in this position for some time, praying silently. Then the voice of the officiating minister was heard, expressing in a short formulary a resume, as it were, of the prayers arising from every heart, and the congregation associated themselves with him by the response Amen.
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