I have been enjoying a short time to think, pray and meditate at home but this led me to think - what about at Mass?
In a world full of every distraction - phones, Internet, TV, etc. all competing for our attention it is nevertheless important to have time aside to listen to God and what He might be saying to us.
One of the reasons I love the traditional Mass is that there is that silence that permeates it. Even in the church we attend where we have a Missa Cantata every Sunday the Canon of the Mass is prayed silently and this is something beautiful and lifts my heart and mind outside of my daily worries, concerns and thoughts as to where Arsenal is in the Premier League.
In fairness to the Ordinary Form of the Mass, there are a number of places where silence is expected but sadly so rarely observed:
1. "Let us call to mind our sins ..." - I'm not sure about you but it takes me more than half a second to call mine to mind.
2. After the words, "Oremus" or "Let us pray": How often are we actually given a chance to do so?
3. After each of the readings - silence is encouraged to allow the Word to penetrate our hearts and minds.
4. The final Prayer of the Faithful: "Let us pause to bring before The Lord our personal intentions Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer." Do the readers actually realise what they are saying?"
5. After communion: The modern liturgy when celebrated with dignity will always include time of silence for our thanksgiving after receiving the Body of Christ.
If you're a priest, deacon or reader in the modern liturgy, would you please give us a moment of silence?