The Role of Sacred Silence in Lent

Just as acclamations, responses, gestures, hymns, and posture are means of participation in the Mass, so is silence. "At the proper time all should observe a reverent silence" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 30). Neither an exception to, nor contrast to participation, silence is a profound manner of active participation. As we begin our Lenten sojourn in the desert we are reminded of the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving; we must change our hearts. As prescribed in church documents... keep the music simplified and pull back sacrificially on our usual instrumentation, creating prayerful silence so as to have a clearer understanding that we are here for God's glory, not ours, and to align ourselves to the divine... stripped down, undistracted, and simplified. ~ Rick Ramirez, Director of Music