Silence in the Church

We are encouraged to be silent before and after Mass. Socializing should not take place within the nave, but rather outside, or possibly in the narthex. Silence should also be observed during Eucharistic Adoration and Confession.

“Let all mortal flesh be silent, standing there…in fear and trembling; for the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Christ our God is about to be sacrificed and to be given as food to the faithful.” (St. James)

“Silence in the presence of the Lord GOD!” (Zeph. 1:7)

“But the LORD is in his holy temple; silence before him, all the earth!” (Hab. 2:20)

“The worship rendered by the Church to God must be, in its entirety, interior as well as exterior… But the chief element of divine worship must be interior” (Pope Pius XII, Mediator Dei)

“As in all the churches of the holy ones, women should keep silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. But if they want to learn anything, they should ask their husbands at home. For it is improper for a woman to speak in the church…. what I am writing to you is a commandment of the Lord.” (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 14:33-37)

God bless you,
Fr Charles

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