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How on earth would you know if they were engaged or not? Could you read their mind? Is it not possible that they are meditating on the prayer? Is it not possible that they are learning from the church's theology? Is it not possible that they are internally joyful? I do not think you are in a position to say so.
What I meant was, we can compromise by saying something simple (easy for the congregation) for communion as long as its part of the distribution rite. I do not really know of any long hymns that are directed to saints other than maybe Apekran, so you kinda lost me. The problem is that sometimes they prefer to do something for saints during the distribution which is not proper and that is why I made that comment.
Would you elaborate please? It is, at least, talking about the communion and the Lord.