Don’t you not know where you are?
You are at the foot of the Cross —
and Jesus Christ is hanging upon it!
That is why it is called The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.!
And you clap?!!!
Both during Mass — which
is blasphemous — and then, again, after Mass. Think
is a certainty: if you applaud
during Mass or after Mass, you completely fail
to understand where you are and Who is there.
Humor me, and consider this: let us suppose that you are transported
2023 years ago and you are standing at the very foot of the Cross with
Mary, Mary Salome, and the Apostle Saint John. They are weeping inconsolably.
The Blood of Christ, dripping from every wound and laceration inflicted
upon Him, falls onto the hands of His Mother, Mary. They are devastated
But you are not. You are clapping your hands gleefully,
applauding the greatest sacrifice — and the most gruesome
crime in all history.
The Roman soldiers tortured Christ, spat
upon Him; the High Priests of Jerusalem mocked Him and ridiculed Him
— the blasphemy, the taunting, the outrage that they heaped upon Him
was cruel beyond measure — but in an unspeakably perverse way, you may
have exceeded their cruelty, for what they did in their malice,
you have somehow surpassed by making Christ’s crucifixion, His agony
and His death ... trivial — by applauding
it; to say nothing of your spritely singing stale and
banal “folk” songs, strumming on guitars, or banging on pianos — as
Christ is in agony before you.
The One Possibility
There is only one possibility — one
only — for this literal disgrace, this unimaginable outrage:
You do not know, understand, or comprehend ... where
We will have the audacity to tell you again: you are at the foot
of the Cross — and Jesus Christ is hanging upon it!
The antiseptic and sterile world in which you alone live does
not, and cannot, allow the Living God to dwell in your presence.
His Blood is a contagion to you, a harbinger of suffering and death
that you have banished from your presence; His lacerated Body is a scourge
to your conscience, an unwelcome reminder of the price paid for the
sins you no longer confess because the only real sins in your
world are “social sins”, “collective sins” (in which there is no
personal responsibility), “sins against the environment”,
“sins against mother earth”, and sins against “the Amazon basin” as
our criminally heretical “pope” incessantly reminds us. There apparently
are no sins against God: only against the biosphere and, increasingly,
the homosphere. But, to
acknowledge your sins against God is to acknowledge your own
complicity in His suffering and death,
and you will not tolerate that, let alone acknowledge it — after all,
♫ “We are the Light of the World”♫. Yes?
A “Jolting” Example
Let us look at this more closely. Most
people would agree that applauding during (or after) the execution of
a criminal would not be — let us say, in good taste and terribly inappropriate,
no matter what his crime. Nevertheless, you will not only witness his
execution; you will find yourself capable of sprightly playing your
guitar or your piano, and singing utterly banal folk songs as he is
being lethally injected or electrocuted. But you recognize that even
in secular society to do so would be unacceptable — even condemned as
outrageous! You would be vilified and ostracized — as well you should
If it is inappropriate to do these things during (or after) the execution
— of even the vilest criminal — why is it appropriate with Jesus
Christ during (or after) Mass. He is the Innocens Patri:
The Innocent of the Father. Sinless. Blameless. The Sacrificial Lamb.
How can we possibly clap our hands — applauding His crucifixion?
Are you really capable of doing this the very Presence of Christ crucified
on the Cross?
“Absolutely not. It’s most inappropriate and it’s the responsibility
of the pastor to make sure that the congregation understands this. The
choir is not singing as a matter of entertaining anybody. They’re singing
to worship God. We don’t clap for prayer. We pray”, says Father Vincent
Serpa O.P. at Catholic Answers. 2
Pope Benedict XVI was absolutely and unequivocally clear about this:
“Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some
human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence
of the liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by
a kind of religious entertainment.” 2
Entertainment: isn’t it what the Novus
Ordo Mass became after Vatican II? Say it is not so!
At my own parish I have too often witnessed the applause ... solicited
by the priest himself! — who actually encourages this
blasphemous behavior for:
The choir and the (always miserable)
music it produces
A soloist within the choir.
The “cantor-ess” (is there such a
The now female Altar “Servers” (boys
are now largely prohibited in yet another token of the Church’s
submission to radical Feminism)
The basket collectors
Where is Christ in the mix?
It is such a tiresome, banal, and profane conclusion to something
unutterably sacred. The gesture of clapping or applauding is
totally secular, mundane, and unrelated to worship. It is, however,
completely proper to entertainment …
Why this final focus on man, instead of God? All those listed above
— wittingly or not — call our attention away from Christ … to themselves.
It is noteworthy that in response to the applause heaped upon them,
each properly bow in turn … as befits entertainers and their audience
— not God and His worshippers.
Lately, I have even begun hearing hoots and whistles from the congregation
… and how few remain to give prayerful thanks to God for His sacrifice
on Calvary which we have witnessed this day!
How much more can we secularize the Mass? With the whimsical Francis
micromanaging the Church, I’m afraid much more …
The Canon of the Mass is the most sacred part of the Mass, and it
begins with the “Epiclesis” — or the calling down upon the Holy
Ghost to transform the bread and wine into the actual Body and Blood
of Christ: “Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending
down Your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become
for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.”, and ends with
the final Doxology: “through Him, with Him, and in Him, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be Yours almighty Father
forever and ever. Amen.”
Joseph Ratzinger Collected Works:
Theology of the Liturgy
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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