Friday, 6 March 2015
People go on about how silence enriches the liturgy, whether that be moments of reflection after a bad sermon that we might understand and inwardly digest the words of wisdom, the silent Canon, or the riches of low Mass. I can't personally see that silence has any liturgical quality whatever. That might be one reason I despise low Mass; it is utterly tedious. In real liturgy, silence is minimal because there's always something going on; a cantor chanting, a choir singing, or a liturgical procession.
I do not doubt that silence has great benefits for personal, interior prayer, and I try to keep silence myself at whiles, but I have serious doubts that it has any worth for the common prayer of the Church.