Q: Should Applause take place during Mass?
A: No, applause is not proper during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for any reason except at Ordination Masses. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a solemn occassion, and applause is not proper for the Mass, which is the Sacrifice of Calvary.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (future Pope Benedict XVI): "Wherever 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liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment."
Pope St. Pius X: "It is not fitting that the servant be applauded in His Masters House".
Hab. 2:20: "But the Lord is in His holy temple, silence before Him, all the earth!"
Zeph. 1:7: "Silence in the presence of the Lord your God!"
Sunday, August 19, 2007
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