One Reply to “A Case for Planned Silence”

  1. This is good. I was first exposed to intentional silence in my visits to monasteries, and I've striven to implement healthy and appropriate silences during parish liturgy.

    People are uneasy with silence, as the indulgence of the culture is to fill up the emptiness and lack of sound or of doing. I can't imagine true silence if the priest is busy about some task or another, even if it is a silent or semi-silent anaphora.

    It would seem to me that clergy and even musicians should model silence for a community less used to it.

    The modern Roman rite provides well for not only silence, but a stately, measured pace to the liturgy: after each reading or psalm, after the invitations to pray. Where this has been implemented well, I would count the recovery or silence as one of the triumphs of liturgical reform.

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