It’s more than a simple invitation that the elect and community pray. There should be an address to the faith community, explaining for whom and what they should pray. Then the elect are addressed. Here’s the text:
152. After the homily, the elect with their godparents come forward and stand before the celebrant.
The celebrant first addresses the assembly of the faithful, inviting them to pray in silence and to ask that the elect will be given a spirit of repentance, a sense of sin, and the true freedom of the children of God.
The celebrant then addresses the elect, inviting them also to pray in silence and suggesting that as a sign of their inner spirit of repentance they bow their heads or kneel; he concludes his remarks with the following or similar words:
Elect of God, bow your heads [kneel down] and pray.
The elect bow their heads or kneel and all pray for some time in silence. After the period of silent prayer, the community and the elect stand for the intercessions.
On occasion, I have seen the assembly invited to kneel as well, but I’m not entirely sure the practice is in keeping with the overall spirit of the rite. I’ve also seen the elect remain kneeling during the intercessions, which does seem in keeping with the prayers that are addressed to God on their behalf. Either way, this “some time” of silent prayer should be substantial. What do you think?