The Sounds of Silence
The Sounds of Silence

We live in a world of constant sound: like it or not, we cannot escape the television, radio, CDs, cars rolling by with speakers blasting, music in the grocery store, etc.  Often times we can even find it difficult to find a quiet moment for a conversation with God.

In the Eucharistic liturgy there are several times within the ritual where silence is appropriate.  In the Penitential Rite we examine our hearts and praise God for the good things he has done for us.  When the priest invites us to pray we stop for a moment to collect our thoughts.  After each of the scripture readings we pause, not so the lector can get back to their place in the assembly, but rather, to let the words we have heard take root in our hearts.  Following the homily, which enlightens us further, we keep a few moments of silence to reflect on the message we have been given.  Finally, after receiving the Lord’s Body and Blood we finish our Communion song and sit quietly, savoring the Lord’s presence in our midst.

There is another place for silence that we have forgotten: before Mass begins.  We have become accustomed to a noisy atmosphere in which our worship takes place, probably because we are a friendly community and picked up this habit when celebrating our liturgies in the parish center auditorium.  Now we have returned to our sacred space and we need to create a quiet atmosphere in order to complete the process of preparing for Mass.  Coming from diverse places and experiences we need a little time to collect ourselves and prepare for the transformation that comes with Eucharist.  (January 1, 2006)

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