Father Mark wrote a wonderful article above "Silentium tibi laus" about silence in the Church that you can view above. Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is a Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.
Let's face it, we are all guilty of it. Idle chatter, before, after and sometimes during Mass, the irreverent "sign of peace" during the most Holy part of The Mass, the occasional Chaos involved while in the Church, clapping during Mass, and other abuses while our Lord is exposed or in the tabernacle. Is the Church not the Lords house? Would you knowingly treat this sacred place like a Mall or Auditorium knowing that Christ is right in front of us? So why do we? There is a great benefit to silence. With silence comes listening, with listening comes Christ, and with Christ comes holiness. ASH Wednesday is nearly here and during this lent, I invite YOU to remain mindful before, during, and after Mass of your silence and reverence while in Christ presence.