The 14th proposition of the recent Bishops’ Synod contained a number of imperatives addressed under “Word of God and liturgy.” As the bishops wrote, given that “liturgy is the privileged place in which the Word of God is fully expressed, both in the celebration of the sacraments as above all in the Eucharist, in the Liturgy of the Hours and in the liturgical year. The mystery of salvation narrated in sacred Scripture finds in the liturgy its own place of proclamation, listening and acting,” here are said imperatives with commentary:
1. The book of sacred Scripture, even outside liturgical action, has a visible and honorable place in the church.
The book of sacred Scripture … the Bible, the Lectionary, or the Gospel Book? And where would this visible and honorable place be? In the sanctuary near the ambo or altar? In its own chapel or niche that would make it clear the honor is higher than any human saint?
2. Silence should be encouraged after the first and second reading and after the homily is finished, as suggested in the General Order of the Roman Missal (cf. No. 56).
This is incomplete; it neglects needful silence after the psalm, and perhaps, the Gospel reading. It also takes trust and practice on the part of the clergy and people to implement this. Most of all musicians control this tempo.
3. Celebrations of the Word of God are provided, centered on the Sunday readings.
For the sick, I would think, not to mention communities without resident clergy.
4. Readings of sacred Scripture be proclaimed from worthy liturgical books, namely the lectionaries and the Gospel, to be treated with the most profound respect for the Word of God they contain.
5. Highlight the role of the servers of the proclamation: readers and cantors.
6. Men and women lectors be adequately formed, so that they can proclaim the Word of God in a clear and comprehensible way. The latter must be invited to study and witness with their life the contents of the Word they read.
Just the latter? I wonder if this refers to lectors outside the ministry of reader–it’s the only thing that makes sense.
7. The Word of God be proclaimed in a clear way, with control of the dynamics of communication.
8. Persons for whom the reception of the Word of God, communicated in the usual way is difficult as well as persons with sight or hearing disabilities not be forgotten.
9. Competent and effective use be made of acoustic instruments.
The “instruments,” in context, would seem to be microphones and other sound reinforcement. I don’t think the bishops mean the avoidance of electronic musical instruments: MIDI, electric guitars, and non-pipe organs.