One value that, in my perspective, has always been promoted by progressives is silence. I recall this was urged at the Newman Community where I went to college: silence after each reading, the homily, and after Communion. Our annual student retreats were conducted at a Trappist monastery. You really learn the value of silence in between the psalms and readings at the Liturgy of the Hours in such a place.
One priest I knew would always follow the invitation, “Let us pray,” with a portion of silence. His interpretation was that he was inviting people to pray, and that his spoken prayer from the Sacramentary was intended to sum up the intentions, sacrifices, and distractions of the pewfolk.
In my current parish, I inherited a system in which we take about twenty seconds in between each reading, psalm, and acclamation in the Liturgy of the Word. Our clergy also punctuate homily’s end with a healthy silence, as they do at the end of the Communion procession.
I think we could stand to lengthen these silences, but in doing so, we also have to keep in mind the transient nature of our community. We have students arriving from all over the world, and from the whole spectrum of experiences: deeply spiritual liturgies, and perfunctory American jobs. One parent sent us a card last year suggesting an early morning “silent” Mass for her student who wouldn’t be used to a lot of singing. We don’t do “silence” as a quality of a whole Mass. But we’re pleased to offer respite from the music, words, and actions of a properly celebrated liturgy.
What about your parishes?