[quote="SteveGC, post:2, topic:243711"]
I cringe even when a few parishioners at my church clap for the choir after the recessional - even after an admittedly beautiful offering of music during Mass. So I can't imagine how I would've felt in your shoes.
We seem to have ever growing reasons to divert attention away from Christ and place it on individuals and their accomplishments. It's important to have this acknowledgment, but during Mass is highly inappropriate IMO. It's bad enough when it comes direct from a few parishioners; but when priests initiate and encourage it, it is even worse. Happens all the time in my parish. I actually have made apologies to Christ on behalf of this activity when it happens. Silly?
I imagine this does not happen at traditional Masses. Never been to one.
Funny thing is that I'm just a 4-year convert, and I witness this stuff happening with cradle Catholics - the last ones I'd expect. I figured it would come from folks like me, who converted from happy feel-good sects of Christianity. Nope. Seems like the converts are the ones calling for more reverence. Ironic.
I too have noticed that irony. I too am a convert and the longer I am a Catholic the more traditional I am finding myself. I have never seen clapping at the TLM, also I dont' see clapping at the religious community I attend Mass with. I had to give up on attending parish churches because it got to be too distracting and there was not [to me] reverence nor respect to Christ. I am not saying that all parish churches or all people who attend parish churches fall into this category. It's just that for me.
I too have apologized and asked Christ for others that were talking before Mass or clapping, or hooting and hollering. So no I do not think that is silly. In fact I commend it.
There's places to clap for people doing music, its at concerts, NOT at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. If anyone deserves the applause it is Jesus for what he has done for us and what he continues to do today. [Inward applause though].
I have noticed that in some churches it seems more Protestant worship than it does a Catholic worship, I am not sure if I am judging here. But some Protestants clap for their musicians, hoop and holler in their churches, [again not a blanket statement], dance in the aisles, and other things. I wonder if Protestantism practices have snuck their ways into the Mass, and if so, they need to sneak their way back out.