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"We have recently moved to a parish where they have a large gathering space but the last of the song isn't finished and people are laughing and talking in the worship space. A woman was trying to convince me today that since Vatican II that is proper. I told her I would try to find what is proper and share it with her. Where could I find what is proper?"

 

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Silence is appropriate. You may find the following resources helpful... (click links to view)

* Silence in Church Reflections (e.g. quotes from Scripture, saints)

* Proper Church Conduct

* Flier regarding silence in church (direct link to .pdf file)+

* Flier regarding silence in church (scripture passage, for women - direct link to .pdf file)+

[+ Please note: For the above fliers, I provided a direct link to the .pdf files - for info & instructions for printing these fliers, please see here.]

Part of the problem today is that many Catholics fail to realize that they are attending the Holy SACRIFICE of the Mass - a propitiatory sacrifice, NOT a Catholic "religious party". Mass is the re-presentation of Calvary, not a time for laughing, clapping, talking... The appropriateness of silence in church – God's house, a house of prayer – is timeless and the principles that call for silence are unchanging, regardless of the revolutionary 1960's council (Vatican II). Once people finally view Mass and the Holy Eucharist in the appropriate light, it is easier for them to understand the correct behavior they should adopt in church. For more information on the Holy Eucharist/Mass, please try here.

BTW, to avoid this situation, you might find it useful to seek out the glorious, highly reverent Traditional Mass (try here for more information). In my experience, those who attend the ancient Mass generally tend to behave more appropriately in church.

Did you know? It is still possible – thanks be to God! – to lawfully attend the Traditional Latin Mass. The Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs from the 1960's Novus Ordo Mass in many & significant ways (try here for more information). To locate a Traditional Latin Mass in your area, try here.


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