Fr. Anscar on Liturgy and Silence

“Silence is not a momentary pause from activity; it is a form of liturgical activity when the mind and heart ponder the mysterium tremendum. Silence is the language of contemplative prayer. It is the attitude of a worshiper who gazes with awe on Christ the Pantokrator in the apse of a Romanesque church or with tenderness on the Child resting in the arms of his mother. Silence is the only valid response to Christ’s mysterious words “This is my body which will be given up for you.” Awe elicits silence. “Let all mortal flesh keep silence” as the liturgy transports us into the sacred realm of the Last Supper, the cross of Calvary, and the empty tomb of Easter.”

Fr. Anscar Chupungco, OSB
What, Then, Is Liturgy: Musings and Memoirs
Liturgical Press: Collegeville, Minnesota, 2010, p.30

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