Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Michael Tober at Sober Inebriation offers this:

An important liturgical message from Cardinal Ratzinger - now 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liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment. " (Spirit of the Liturgy p. 198)

This message has been brought to you by Sober Inebriation Weblog.

If you should encounter applause during Mass in your parish do not panic. Immediately after Mass go out and get a copy of Pope Benedict's book "The Spirit of the Liturgy" by Ignatius Press and give it to your pastor as a gift. Be sure to highlight the above passage on page 198. Yellow highlighter works really, really well.

RSCT to Father Z.
I know a few parishes in my own neck of the woods that could use this book. Thanks for the idea, Michael, and welcome to the CV Definitive Blogroll!



Anonymous said...

Thanks BMP!

Unknown said...

Heck yeah Who wants to get the clap during the liturgy... for heaven's sake!!!!!

People at one of our Masses still applaud at the end - it's a hangover (a real headache!) from the mariachi we are the mass people... I ignore them. In the fall, perhaps we need to give the people a how to behave at Mass book!!!!!