Cape Town, 20 November, 2021 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has cautioned the people of God in the Archdiocese against disrespecting sacred places in their manner of dressing and inability to maintain silence while participating in religious functions.
In his Friday, November 19 reflection, Bishop Sylvester David says that the church in the 21st century seems to have lost her sacredness as people have become so careless that silence is not observed by some faithful even during worship.
“We have lost our sense of sacred places, forgetting that there is a difference between worship and entertainment. While we do not demand extremely formal dress codes for liturgical celebrations, it is not good to come into the worshipping assembly haphazardly dressed,” Bishop David says.
The South African Bishop adds, “There is a difference between going to Mass and going to the beach. Also, our attendance at the liturgy is not meant to be accidental. We prepare for Mass through prayer and recollection. We are not meant to roll out of bed and into the chapel.”
Addressing Catholic Priests, Bishop David says that there are two types of preparations that must be considered before a member of the Clergy appears in a sacred place.