Lenten blessings! We continue to focus on the theme of silence at St. Francis Borgia this Lent. Below are two areas of silence for us to keep in mind:
At Mass. Each week I plan to provide a snippet of what to do with the silence that we have at Mass.
This week I want to draw your attention to the fact that you will not be hearing much instrumental music during Lent. This is because the General Instruction of the Roman Missal states that, outside of the 4th Sunday of Lent and special feasts and solemnities, instruments should only be used to accompany singing. The purpose of this is to highlight the penitential nature of this season. Just as we deny ourselves certain comforts during Lent, the Church asks us to deny ourselves certain kinds of music during Lent.
When you experience longer silences in the Mass due to no instrumental music, try reflecting on what is happening at Mass or try offering yourself spiritually to God. This is especially relevant to when the gifts are brought up. When the gifts are brought forward, we are invited to spiritually offer our whole lives to God with the bread and the wine.
Adoration: A POWERFUL way to enter into silence is in the Eucharistic presence of Jesus.
For this purpose, I invite you, if you are available, to come to either of our church sites during the day to pray. The main doors at the South Church will be open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. during the week (until 7 p.m. on Mondays). At the North Church, the farthest northeast doors will be open until 5 p.m. during the week.
We have Eucharistic exposition Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at SFB South (year-round) and Fridays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at SFB North (February 23 through March 23)
Silence Downtown: On Tuesday evenings through March 20th we will have Eucharistic Adoration with Benediction from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the South Church.
On top of this, I hope you have the chance to stop in for one of our many confession times this Lent. In addition to our normal Thursday evening and Sunday morning confessions, I will be hearing confessions at 7 a.m. at the South Church Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (until Mar. 28). Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 will be opportunities for confessions with visiting priests at 7:30 p.m. at the North Church.
May God continue to bless us throughout Lent!
Fr. Patrick Burns