The Loss of Silence in Parish Churches
Bishop Hugh Guilbert was Lord Abbot of the Benedictine community at Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland until his nomination to the See of Aberdeen by Pope Benedict XVI on 4th June 2011.
On the 3rd Sunday of Advent a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Hugh was read at all Masses in his Diocese on the subject of the loss of silence in parish churches. Bishop Hugh tackles a somewhat overlooked and misunderstood issue very effectively, drawing out the value and relevance of silence in our churches. Copies of this letter are available in the church porch.