On Wednesday we begin the liturgical season of Lent. This can be a very powerful time of the year—a time for a true transformation of our hearts through prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and self-denial.
As announced last weekend, our “Lenten theme” for the parish is SILENCE. We will be emphasizing ways of entering more fully into silence in our lives as well as silence here at Mass.
These are some of the areas where we will work on silence here at Mass:
- Emphasizing the moments of Mass that are supposed to be silent.
- Inviting parishioners to close their eyes after they return to their pews from communion as a way of silencing the distraction of the eyes. If you sing at this time, then try closing your eyes after the hymn is concluded until the time that the priest says, “Let us pray.”
- Everyone will be invited to stay in the church at the conclusion of the final hymn to kneel or sit for a brief moment of silent prayer in thanksgiving to God for the Mass.
The Mass is the height of all worship and my hope is that these little practices can help us to enter more deeply into the Mass and carry the graces back into our daily life.
You will see more about silence throughout the season of Lent here at the parish. I look forward to entering more deeply into silence and prayer with you and Jesus this Lent!
~ Fr. Patrick Burns