If silence is sacred, why are our Churches so incredibly noisy? My Novus Ordo church has the Tabernacle placed in a side chapel, with glass doors that separate it from the main church. I like to arrive early for Mass so I can pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Even though I close the glass doors, the conversations of the people who sit right outside the chapel for Mass can be heard word for word inside the chapel. Why are they even talking? Do they have no sense of reverence?
Every Sunday seems to be a social hoe down, with people greeting each other in the pews like they are long lost friends. After Mass, our church erupts into a dull roar. Forget about quiet solitude in prayer. People shout and converse inside the church like they are at a party. Do they not remember they just witnessed the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Would they act differently if they were at the foot of the Cross?
How many of you think this problem has to do with the Tabernacle being in a side chapel and not given the place of honour Our Lord deserves in the Sanctuary?