One thing I love about the Latin Mass is the prayerful atmosphere of silence that prevails in the church. Nobody engages in useless conversation that serves to distract others from their prayer and preparation for Mass. There are not cell phones ringing off the hook, either. That's why I was surprised to see this notice in our bulletin:
Please refrain from talking in the Church, as it is a distraction to others who are praying. Conversations should take place outside or in the hall.
Notice the above does not say it is acceptable to talk in the foyer. It clearly says, "outside or in the hall." If only this announcement could make its way into every bulletin in the world!