We had a professor of Byzantine (Greek) chant come and give a seminar on this particular form of chant (as opposed to, say, Gregorian and Ambrosian chant). One of the most interesting things he said was:
“Silence is the height of worship.”
I agree entirely. What he said afterward was:
“Chant is a concession to human weakness.”
My immediate first thought was: “If chant is a concession, what does that make Kumbaya?”
As some might perceive, even if you’re not Catholic, there is a lot of debate today about reforming the practice of our Catholic worship (or “liturgy”). While I agree with those who think a lot of bungling led to the formation of the current form of the liturgy in the 70s and that it needs more reworking, I think that one of the best changes to the new Mass was that it explicitly called for more moments of silence.
The world would be better off if people took the time to begin each day in silent love of God for at least a few minutes.
God the Son is eternally begotten from the Father in the silence of eternity,
He was begotten at Bethlehem in silence,
and the only way He can be born in our hearts is in a spirit of silence.
Yours in Christ,
Br. James Dominic, OP