CLAPPING IN CHURCH
I discovered after writing the previous blog piece about clapping that some people have problems with clapping in church.
I had never heard of this before.
I was looking for a YouTube something on clapping in church - and surprise - there were YouTube pieces showing various folks criticizing people who suggest giving thanks to someone who made a contribution to the parish or what have you.
I was surprised.
However, I didn't "Boo!" at them.
Tempted, but no. I don't want to go there.
But I wondered, "Where have they been?"
I've seen all kinds of clapping situations at Mass and at church.
Haven't they been to a wedding where folks clapped for the newly married?
Haven't they heard someone who just gave a great eulogy for a mom or a dad and there was a spontaneous applause?
I dare an anti-clapper to go, "Shush!" when that happens.
I've been here at St. Mary's and I've seen folks clap at a great sermon - and I've seen people becoming very quiet at a great sermon. I've seen Masses when the pastor or bishop congratulates the newly confirmed or newly coming into the Catholic Church and folks clapped for them.
So I would have problems with anyone who is against clapping. If they personally don't want to clap, don't clap.
Haven't they seen a tiny little kid under a year old clapping - and everyone loves the scene?
I remember seeing a documentary on dance and Agnes de Mille said that Blacks saw some Irish tap dancers who were not moving their arms - and they thought to themselves, "Hello! Start snapping those fingers, start moving those arms and start dancing - and add some clapping in the mix.
Okay soccer players can't use their hands, but the goalie and American football players can use their hands.
"Hello" folks who are against clapping in church. Take a good look around.
Let me find a few of these YouTube videos that feature "againsters" and "forers" when it comes to clapping.
I noticed one uses Pope Benedict as a source for no clapping and then I spotted a video of people clapping for him.
Smile. Loosen up everyone.