Pope Francis: Mass Needs Silence Not Chit-Chat

 

[The excerpt below is from an article on an excellent reminder from Pope Francis concerning the importance of silence before Mass.  I dare to add that, in my opinion, if a parish prays the Office before Mass, the Office should ideally conclude ten or fifteen minutes before Mass rather than bumping right up against it.]

On Wednesday Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people around you before Mass, stressing that this is a time for silent prayer, when we prepare our hearts for an encounter with the Lord. “When we go to Mass, maybe we arrive five minutes before, and we start to chit-chat with those in front of us,” the Pope said Nov. 15. However, “it is not a moment for chit-chat.” “It is a moment of silence for preparing ourselves for dialogue, a time for the heart to collect itself in order to prepare for the encounter with Jesus,” he said, adding that “silence is so important.” Continuing his new catechesis on the Eucharist, the Pope recalled his message the week prior, that the Mass is not a show, but a place where we encounter the Lord. In this encounter, he said, silence is what “prepares us and accompanies us.”

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