Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Hear the silence

I have felt a deepened, prayerful reverence by those attending the last two Masses I've celebrated (this morning and yesterday.) The elevation was, literally, so quiet you could hear a pin drop.

For me, the weekday parish Mass is a welcomed oasis of prayer-filled silence in opposition to the "noise" of the weekend Masses.

The Code of Canon Law (Canon 530) calls for "the more solemn celebration of the Eucharist on Sundays and holy days of obligation" by the parish priest (pastor.) "Liturgists," clerical and lay, have hijacked Sundays, filling every moment of the Mass with word, gesture and song.

Our 21st century lives are filled with busyness and noise, all the more reason to break into holy silence at Mass.

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Blogger paramedicgirl said...

I agree. The daily Mass is an oasis of peace and prayer compared to the Sunday Mass. It's too bad the majority of the Sunday Mass goers don't make the effort to slip in to a daily Mass. They might grow to love the lack of distractions and the prayerful atmosphere. And then, that could spill over into the Sunday Mass. Now there's a thought!

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Central Valley Catholic said...

Father,
Again you have hit the nail on the head. I have always looked forward to weekday masses because of the silence and the reverence. With weekday masses the clanging and banging of the typical weekend Las Vegas style masses does not exist. Fortunatly on weekends I can attend the local indult mass, usually a low mass....heavenly

4:47 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Father You are so right!
We go to daily Mass in a quiet chapel where there is much reverence and prayer before during and after Mass. I must confess, we sometimes drive to a local carmelite monastery for Sunday Mass to avoid the huge crowds, cell phones beepers and immodestly dressed women that don't help me to focus!!
However, I have to remember that it's still the body of Christ on the altar regardless of the shenanigans in the congregation.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

I hate to say it but I much prefer Mass on the weekdays to Sunday Mass. There's no ridiculous music, no gyrating women, no theatrics on the altar and (sorry parents) no screaming children.

9:16 AM  

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