A debate ensued in our Catholic Women’s group this morning. Some of the converts really enjoy clapping to the beat of the music in Mass while others are highly offended by it. The ladies who enjoy the clapping said they feel moved to do it, so why shouldn’t they? Also, if the Mass is a celebration, why shouldn’t they be able to use joyful expression.
I agree somewhat (good music often draws me to Mass), and yet I know there is a line between allowing the Mass to deteriorate into an hour of entertainment rather than an hour of reverence. Where does one draw the line? And how can I back this up when the topic comes up again?