At this institute on "Worship, Culture, and Catholicity: Remembering the Future" I may focus a little more on culture than have the other speakers, a choice perhaps appropriate for a church historian and student of American religious life. Let me begin, therefore, with a statement from an anthropologist: "Time talks," says Edward T. Hall in his book The Silent Language. "It speaks more plainly than words. The message it conveys comes through loud and clear. Because it is manipulated less consciously, it is subject to less distortion than the spoken language. It can shout the truth where words lie."
Bass, Dorothy C., "It's about Time: Practices of Rest and Worship in Church and Culture" (1999). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. 87.