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The Importance Of Silence In The Church 

The Importance Of Silence In The Church 


I thought it would be a nice present to Jesus: improved behavior in church; please forward.


‘I exhort you in the Lord to practice the following. Enter the church in silence and with great respect, considering yourself unworthy to appear before the Lord’s Majesty. Then take Holy Water and make the Sign of the Cross carefully and slowly. As soon as you are before God in the Blessed Sacrament, devoutly genuflect’. (St. Pio, aka Padre Pio).


Why There Should Be Silence In Church.


1. The church says so. Paragraph 45 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.


Even before the celebration itself, it is commendable that silence be observed in the church, in the sacristy, in the vesting room, and in the adjacent areas, so that all may dispose themselves to carry out the sacred action in a devout and fitting manner.”

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2. Talking in church is disrespectful of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We are in the house of God, in the Presence of God Himself in the Tabernacle, not in a coffee shop. All our thoughts should be directed to Him.

4. It is the Lord’s house, which Jesus taught was “a house of prayer” (Mt 21:13) and thus be used according to its purpose. It is not commendable to turn the Holy House of God into a man-made place of socializing and gossiping. The House of God, where dwells the Real Presence of God, must be treated with ongoing reverence. 

5. Talking in Church, if disruptive, can be a violation of justice against actual neighbors who are trying to pray.

Image result for silence church6. Talking in church is a violation of charity, since as Christians we should be going “out of ourselves” to look after others first. Unnecessary talk in the church is a total disrespect for one’s own brothers and sisters in Christ who are trying to pray, and against the faithful who seek to grow in their spiritual lives. Talking in Church falls short of manifesting love, charity, kindness and self-control, which are fruits of the holy spirit. (Gal 5:22) If a person crassly and knowingly disregards others trying to pray, or worst of all does so with malice or contempt, it could even be a mortal sin against charity.

NEEDLESS TO SAY, THIS INCLUDES CELL PHONES!

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Sincerely,

Glenn Olsen.

How Attending The Holy Mass Prevented A Young Man From Dying

How Attending The Holy Mass Prevented A Young Man From Dying

Divine Providence never fails


ST. ELIZABETH was daughter of Peter III. king of Arragon, and granddaughter of James I, who had been educated under the care of St. Peter Nolasco, and was surnamed the Saint, and from the taking of Majorca and Valentia, Expugnator or the Conqueror. 

The queen (St. Elizabeth), had a very pious, faithful page, whom she employed in the distribution of her secret alms. A wicked fellow-page envying him on account of this favour, to which his virtue and services entitled him, treacherously suggested to his majesty that the queen showed a fondness for that page. 

The prince, who by his own sensual heart was easily inclined to judge ill of others, gave credit to the slanderer, and resolved to take away the life of the innocent youth. For this purpose he gave order to a lime-burner, that if on such a day he sent to him a page with this errand to inquire, “Whether he had fulfilled the king’s commands?” he should take him and cast him into the lime-kiln, there to be burnt; for that death he had justly incurred, and the execution was expedient for the king’s service. 

On the day appointed, he despatched the page with this message to the lime-kiln; but the devout youth on the road passing by a church, heard the bell ring at the elevation at mass, went in and prayed there devoutly; for it was his pious custom, if ever he heard the sign given by the bell for the elevation, always to go thither, and not depart till mass was ended. It happened, on that occasion, that as the first was not a whole mass, and it was with him a constant rule to hear mass every day, he stayed in the church, and heard successively two other masses. In the meantime, the king, who was impatient to know if his orders had been executed, sent the informer to the lime-kiln, to inquire whether his commands had been obeyed; but as soon as he had come to the kiln, and had asked the question, the man supposing him to be the messenger meant by the king’s order, seized him, and threw him into the burning lime, where he was soon consumed. Thus was the innocent protected by his devotion, and the slanderer was overtaken by divine justice. 

The page who had heard the masses went afterwards to the lime-kiln, and having asked whether his majesty’s commands had been yet executed, brought him word back that they were. The king was almost out of himself with surprise when he saw him come back with this message, and being soon informed of the particulars, he easily discovered the innocence of the pious youth, adored the divine judgments, and ever after respected the great virtue and sanctity of his queen.

Do You Know That Going To Church Late Is Insulting To God? Tips On How To Avoid It 

Do You Know That Going To Church Late Is Insulting To God? Tips On How To Avoid It 


Tomorrow is Sunday
Why not begin to plan for tomorrow’s Mass now?
Do you know that going to church late is both contempt and insult on GOD. 
Do you also know that going to church late is a habit which you can determine to stop?

*TIPS ON HOW TO OVERCOME GOING LATE TO CHURCH*

1. Iron all your outfits before you sleep.
2. Polish/ clean footwear before you sleep.
3. Get your Bible/Jotter/ tablet/ bags etc ready at one place.
4. Get your Tithe/ offering also ready
5. Sleep early
6. Wake up on time
7. “Even when I get there early, I won’t meet anyone”

Avoid the above saying. Get there early and let someone come and meet you. Don’t forget you are also someone. 
8. Washing on Sundays before church is not encouraged. It may delay you. 
9. If it takes you 15 minutes to drive/walk to the church, always make allowance for extra time in case of anything. For instance, if Mass is 8am and it takes you 10 minutes to drive/walk to church, it’s always better to leave home 7:40.
10. Plan to get to church at least 10 mins before Mass starts.

 
11. Don’t give room for friends and relatives to visit you few hours to Mass. If they come when you are preparing to church, take them along or make them wait until you are back. They are not more important than God.

NB:
going to church early ignites the blessing of the Lord upon your life. Don’t be a habitual late comer to church, it’s a dishonour to your God.

Lateness to Mass is unfaithfulness.


Have a great week ahead! 

Sit, Stand, And Kneel: The Symbolic Meaning Of All That Posture In The Holy Mass 

Sit, Stand, And Kneel: The Symbolic Meaning Of All That Posture In The Holy Mass 

Kneel. Up. Down. Up. Down. Kneel. Up. Down. Up. Whew!

In the celebration of the Mass, we raise our hearts, minds, and voices to God. As creatures composed of body as well as spirit, we also pray with our bodies. During Mass we assume different postures: standing, kneeling, and sitting. We also make a variety of gestures: bowing, signing ourselves, shaking hands as a sign of peace, processing to the altar. These postures and gestures are not merely ceremonial. They carry a profound meaning when done consciously, with understanding and faith. Through these postures and gestures, we participate in the liturgy more attentively.

Non-Catholics attending a Catholic Mass think a lot of things about the different postures Catholics take. 

Things like “Oh, up we go again.” And “Why are we kneeling?” And “Is it wrong if I kneel with my butt still on the seat, especially if I’m not sure why I’m kneeling in the first place?”

I know non-Catholics think these things, they have no idea what is going on, or why. They just try to keep up!

Now, as a Catholic, one of the things I’ve grown to appreciate about Mass is how each and every single thing has significance. Every single movement, posture, word spoken, and thing done means something. The more you understand about what is going on in a Mass, the more you are able to appreciate its beauty.

Which is why this post focuses on the “why” of the sitting, standing, and kneeling of a Catholic Mass.


The Sitting

Sitting is a posture of listening

Catholics sit for the first reading (often from the Old Testament), the Psalm (often actually sung), and the second reading (New Testament, not from the Gospel). We also sit for the offering, and the homily (sermon).

We sit, ready to hear and receive. We sit to listen.


The Standing

For PrayerStanding has been a posture of prayer for Jewish people since before the time of Jesus. Standing during prayer is also seen throughout different parts of the Bible. So, as Catholics, we continue to utilize this posture for prayer today.

Some examples of when we stand during Mass for prayer: When we pray the opening prayer (led by the Priest) say The Lord’s Prayer (as a congregation), and the Prayers of the Faithful (the prayer requests for the congregation).

For the Creed: We stand as we say in unison what Christians have believed from the earliest times, in the form of the Nicene or Apostles Creed. We stand to affirm our unity and our beliefs together as Christians.

For the Gospel: Standing is also a sign of respect. We have many readings from the Bible during Mass, but we stand for the Gospel out of particular respect, since these are the words and deeds of Jesus himself.

For the Procession: We stand at the beginning and end of Mass, also as a sign of respect as the celebrant (Priest or Bishop who is celebrating the Mass) processes in to begin the Mass, and processes out once the Mass has ended.


The Kneeling

When we enter Mass, we genuflect, where we bend and touch one of our knees to the floor. We are humbly acknowledging Jesus in the tabernacle, in the Eucharist.

Catholics believe that Jesus is fully present, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist, which is Holy Communion. We believe when Jesus said “This is my body,” that he meant it literally. Jesus is veiled behind the appearance of bread and wine, but His presence is fully and truly there.

This is something that the very earliest Christians believed, and continue to believe right through to the present day in Catholicism. So we acknowledge that by genuflection.

Kneeling is a posture of respect and adoration. Another time when we kneel is during the preparation for and before/after reception of the Eucharist (the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion). We kneel, again, because we believe Jesus is fully and truly present in Communion. If you believed you were literally in the presence of Christ himself, falling to your knees would be a natural thing to do- probably even falling flat on your face.

So, we always kneel during this part of Mass, and we remain kneeling until the elements are put back away in the tabernacle, and the tabernacle is closed.


Conclusion

Well, at least you now know that we Catholics aren’t just confused about what we do with our bodies during Mass!

And this was just a very basic description of what we do with our bodies as a whole. There are a host of other movements that the congregation and the celebrant do each Mass that carry additional meaning.

How we move our body affects and reflects the state of our mind. Slouching, for example, can be a reflection of someone’s sadness, or lack of confidence, or shyness, or it can move someone in that direction. While standing tall with one’s shoulders back can be a reflection of pride, or confidence, or bravery. And, even if you aren’t feeling brave, for example, but you take a posture of bravery, it can help get you there. The postures of Mass can, likewise, reflect your state of mind, or it can help put you in the right one.

Also, both inside and outside of Mass, bodily changes of posture just for the sake of moving aren’t super helpful to anyone. If you are sitting, standing and kneeling during Mass at all the right times, but your heart isn’t in it, or you are distracted, or not focusing on the reason you are in a particular posture, then you lose the benefit of what the postures are meant to accomplish. But if you come into Mass and you genuflect towards the tabernacle, because you are humbly acknowledging Christ’s presence there, and if you sit, intent on listening with your mind, body, and soul, and if you stand, heart focused on prayer, and if you kneel acknowledging the presence of your Savior, then, then, you’ve got something.

As in all of the structures within Mass, and within Catholicism as a whole, there are so many tools to help move your heart, mind, and soul closer in relationship with Jesus.

But you can’t just go through the motions.

And if you truly engage, and accept and embrace the meaning behind what you are doing, the graces and joys and richness available to you in Mass and in the Catholic Church are immensely beautiful, and only bring you nearer to your Savior.

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