Monday, December 15, 2014

Why We Don't Applaud at Mass

This weekend, our Pastor took a few moments to teach the confirmation candidates a few things about the Mass.

I enjoy these lectures, mainly because I can learn all the stuff I should already know under the guise of it being "for the children."

In any case, one of the kids asked him why we don't applaud at Mass.  Like after the choir sings, or a reader is finished.  (Or, as our Pastor added, "when the homily is over".)

His answer was quite simple.  Those "performances" are not for us.  We tend to forget that everything we do at Mass is to worship God.  He is the audience.  

And as our Pastor remarked ... "If God wants to applaud, He is more than welcome to!"

I'm really glad he reminds us the children of things like that because we they tend to forget.

God Bless you (and praying that God applauds our performances this week!).


Victor S E Moubarak said...

I really did not know that. You have a wise Pastor, Michael.

In our church, the only time we applaud is when there's a Baptism at Sunday Mass. When he finishes, the priest leads the applause to welcome the new baby to the Church.

Have a wonderful Christmas, Michael.

God bless you and yours.

Michael said...

Hi Victor - yes, we also cheer after Baptisms, Confirmations, etc.

Thank you for stopping by and God Bless you.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!