When Holy Mass is properly celebrated, there are moments in which the voices of both priest and faithful become SILENT … That stillness, proper to the most beautiful things in existence, dominates a quiet area of attentiveness in which the beautiful and truly important reign. We must earnestly desire stillness and be willing to give something for it; then it will be ours. Once we have experienced it, we will be astounded that we were able to live without it.
Preparing Yourself for Mass
The Canon of the Mass guides us silently to the heart of the Mystery. In silence we go to meet Silence. We wait “until He comes” … God is a Secret audible only when self is silent.
—Maurice Zundel (1897-1975)
The Splendour of the Liturgy