The simplest explanation is that people want to express their appreciation to those who assisted with the Mass: the musicians, the readers, servers and, of course, the clergy. This otherwise benign gesture, while well-intentioned, has become a normal part of the liturgy in a growing number of parishes. Unfortunately, it reveals a serious misunderstanding of what the Mass is all about.
Why do people clap? It’s customary to clap at the end of a performance, even mediocre ones. You buy your ticket, you find your seat and you watch politely as the performers do their thing. At the end of the performance, you clap. If it’s an especially good performance,
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