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Monday, 24 December 2007

"Let us await him in a like silence"

Just a reminder on this holy night of that passage from the great Dom Prosper Guéranger regarding the silent canon:
After these words [viz. the Sanctus] commences the Canon, that mysterious prayer in the midst of which heaven bows down to earth, and God descends unto us. The voice of the Priest is no longer heard; yea, even at the Altar, all is silence. It was thus, says the Book of Wisdom, in the quiet of silence, and while the night was in the midst of her course, that the Almighty Word came down from his royal throne (Wis 18.14-15). Let us await him in a like silence, and respectfully fix our eyes on what the Priest does in the holy place.
I wrote previously about Ratzinger and Guéranger on the silent Canon
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