The ‘Dialogue Mass’ is a misnomer
As even the most unlettered pre-Vatican II Catholic knew, in the Mass the priest directs himself to God, not to us. The power of the ritual to convey this impression was evident in the traditional rite without any need for further explanation.
There was its sacred atmosphere, reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, strict adherence to the rubrics, its own liturgical language used by the ministers at the altar, the chanting of the choir, the silence of the congregation and the fact that the priest faces God, not the congregation.
The people were never intended to be in a conversation with the priest who acts in persona ChristiThis last point, incidentally, poses a conundrum for some modern Catholics attending the traditional Mass: they are genuinely mystified as to why the priest has his back turned to them when, in their estimation, he is supposed to direct himself to them. What they fail to realize is that the “dialogue” is not a conversation between priest and people, but a series of prayers addressed to God by the priest acting in the person of Christ, the High Priest.
The fact that some of the priest’s prayers require a response does not indicate a verbal role for the laity. Of course, members of the congregation may follow the responses in their missals. But these prayers are meant to be alternated between the priest and the ministers at the altar – or, in the case of a sung Mass, the choir, which likewise exercise a clerical role, as Pope Pius X had explained.
Thus, no role was envisaged for the congregation to sing or speak during the Mass. Even the altar boys perform their tasks only by indult and are attired in choir dress as a sign that they are substituting, out of necessity, for clerics in the sanctuary, not for the laity in the pews.
Even notice how your SSPX priest prays the Mass very loudly now?
Does he resent having his back to the people?
20 years ago, the low Masses were saif "submissa voce" (in a quiet voice).
Now days, it is though the SSPX priest feels the need to say the prayers loud enough for all to hear them, as though they would not be participating if they coud not hear the prayers.
Of course, if the people cannot hear the prayers, they cannot make the responses!!
Hence the irritatingly loud readings at the altar, which spoil the sacred solemnity and vulgarize the Mass, just as Dr. Byrne says above.
Slowly, slowly, we are marching to BXVI/Francis's hybrid: a 1965 dialogue Mass which will be praised as the "true Mass of V2."