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I was thought that you do not laugh or clap in mass. Not even at weddings. If you are in a church where the Blessed Sacrament is present in the Tabernacle, you are reverent.
I went to a healing ministry by a Charismatic Priest where he spoke over several nights in the church about healing spiritual problems. There was much laughter at his jokes during his speeches.
A couple of weekends ago, a priest leads us to giving a round of applause to the choir at the end of the mass.
Priest seem to constantly feel the need to tell a joke and do it in a way that incites laughter from the "audience." I have seen some priest use humor in such a way that does not actually cause people to laugh out loud.
Priest have visitors stand up and be recognized.
I thought I understood what was going on at the mass, and it does not make me want to laugh while I am there or clap for random people while I am in the presence of Almighty God.
Also what about those people who taught me I should always be reverent when in a church no matter what. Is this view of reverence appropriate?
Is my definition of reverence wrong?
Do the Popes do these things?
God invented humor. Seems like a little humor is appropriate ever now and then or during the Charasmatic Priest's presentations?
what are your thoughts?
My dear friend, I believe that God is indeed a very joyous personality, He has been shown to pull some practical jokes from time to time and as long as we keep our perspective that there is a time and a place for everything then I don't think He will disapprove of it.
Mass has several components to it and we should make sure we give each it's proper weight.
The maximum reverence is when the priest invokes the Most High to accept the gifts at this moment we should all be in "adoration" mode focusing on God.
The homily is supposed to makes us reflect on our lives and how to better become Christians true followers of Christ.
There sometimes the priest might elicit some laughter even inadvertedly (it has happened at the masses I have attended) where he was not making a joke but some circunstance happens and it comes out as one.
At this instance we are or should be in "learn" mode, remember we had first heard the 2 readings followed by the gospel and homily.
A lesson heard in joy might sink in better than one given out in stern tones. Mind you some time that too is appropriate.
So as long as no one laughs or claps their hands at the high point of mass it's ok.
I mean after the communion the priest makes the parish announcements, that he thanks the choir for a beatiful interpretation surely is not out of place nor for the parishoners to show their appreciation.
Yes they are there for the Glory of God but we too can thank them for bringing us a little closer to Him! Can't we?
So as long as we keep a modicum of respect for the place we are in even some laughter should be ok, if you read the lifes of many Saints you will find out that they were not devoid of laughter and joy.
just my worthless :twocents: