Liturgy Update - Sacred Silence
The 2002 General Instruction of the Roman Missal speaks about the importance of silence before and during the Mass. “Sacred silence, as part of the celebration, is to be observed at the designated times. Its purpose depends on the time it occurs in each part of the celebration. Thus, within the Act of Penitence and again after the invitation to pray, all recollect themselves; but at the conclusion of a reading or a homily, all meditate briefly on what they have heard.”
This sacred silence is one of the small but significant changes we want to implement here at St Joseph’s. To help with this we have asked our readers and musicians to create a few moments of silence after each reading, for us to reflect on what we have heard. God speaks to us through the proclamation of his Word and we want to hear what he has to say. A second small change involves asking people who arrive after Mass has started to wait in the foyer if a reading is taking place, until after the reading has been completed. Please do not be offended if the Mass Coordinator asks you to wait.
The Liturgy Committee
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