Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pet Peeves

We all have them, of course. One of mine is exercised every Sunday: clapping at Mass. In particular, the seemingly obligatory applause after the Recessional Hymn for the Choir. This is not entertainment, folks. They are supposed to be helping us to praise God and to experience God's Presence in the Eucharist more fully. Why does this generation feel comfortable clapping at Mass? Do the hardy hand-shakes at the Rite of Peace have anything to do with it?

Hold the Applause: Confessions of a Conflicted Clapper: "

Whenever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of the liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment.  

The above words were penned…


(Via Catholic Exchange.)

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