According to the classic description of this basic symbol, then, this meeting is not – or ought not be – a crowd, a cheering section, a gathering to hear a lecture or a sales pitch, an audience. It is not a collection of consumers come to an expert, a gathering of the uninvolved come to be entertained. Another kind of assembly – a gathering together of persons in which each of those gathered has a participatory role, in which the central matters of worship are at the heart of this shared participation – constitutes the most basic symbol of Christian worship.
Gordon W. Lathrop, Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2006), p. 23. ISBN: 978-0-8006-3840-5.