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?