I see Zenit’s liturgy guru, Father Edward McNamara, has responded to a question about gestures:
For example, during Eucharistic Prayer 1, I bow my head at the words “Almighty God, we pray that your angel may take this sacrifice to your altar in heaven”; and I strike my breast at the words “Though we are sinners”; and I make the sign of the cross at the words “let us be filled with every grace and blessing.” I feel more active in my participation by doing this, but am unsure whether these gestures of mine are appropriate. Are these gestures for the priest or president alone?
The answer is good. I remember my visit to Madonna House where worshippers would bow at the epiclesis. I’d seen all sorts of Catholic gestures before at the words of consecration, but never a recognition of the invocation of the Holy Spirit. Ever since, it has been my practice to bow my head at this time.
I’m not sure I agree with McNamara that gestures and words are tied together in the Roman Rite. Lay gestures like the signing of oneself during the EP or holding hands at the Lord’s Prayer are essentially devotional gestures, not liturgical expressions.
But it’s good to see others see them as inclusive of participatio.
Any thoughts from the other armchair liturgists out ther?