Deacon's Corner: Periods of Silence at Mass - do we observe them?
May 22, 2022, 12:00 PM
The General Instruction to the Roman Missal (GIRM) provides guidance and explanation for the use of the Roman Missal (the book used for prayers at the Chair and Altar during Mass). According to the GIRM, Sacred Silence is to be observed at designated times. Its nature depends on the moments when it occurs in the different parts of the Mass. Before the Penitential Act (Lord have mercy …) and after the invitation to pray (Let us pray) the Opening Prayer, we recollect ourselves, we place ourselves at the mercy of God. After each reading and the Homily, we meditate on what we have heard. After reception of Holy Communion, we praise God in our hearts and give thanks to Him in silent prayer. “Even before the celebration itself, it is a praiseworthy practice for silence to be observed in the church, in the sacristy, in the vesting room, and in adjacent areas, so that all may dispose themselves to carry out the sacred celebration in a devout and fitting manner.” (GIRM no. 45). Now you know!