Monday, August 21, 2006

Applause/clapping in church

Applause (Latin applaudere, to strike upon, clap) is primarily the expression of approval by the act of clapping, or striking the palms of the hands together, in order to create noise; generally any expression of approval. Audiences are usually expected to applaud after a performance, such as a musical concert, speech, or play.

Applause is only appropriate in the Rite or Ordination of a priest when inviting the people to give their assent to the choice of these candidates for service.

“Whenever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and has been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment.”-- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)


Blogger DilexitPrior said...

This quote you gave from The Spirit of the Liturgy is one that I have often pointed out to others and is underlined with a nice big exclamation mark next to it in my copy of the book.

If something is going to result in applause chances are it's not appropriate to be said/done in the context of the liturgy.

11:31 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

I am having this included in this weekend's parish bulletin, and I await the slings and arrows from the Modernists. Pray for us.

3:35 PM  

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