i’m not sure if i’m being snobby or not anymore when it comes to liturgy
part of me wants to shoot someone when people applaud for the choir and when the choir performs rather than worships and when the music director takes a bow after Mass
part of me wonders if i’m being too much of a martha and getting too worked up about little things because Mass is Mass is Mass and despite abuses i still received my Jesus in the Eucharist today
but i was SO bothered by Mass today because it felt like the congregation was worshiping the choir and not our Eucharistic Lord
I’ve had similar thoughts. I just do my thing and if someone asks about why I do what I do, I tell them. It took me a long time before I began to drop doing some of the typical abuses so I don’t expect people to immediately change their minds about such issues.
As someone who is regularly a member of the choir at Masses, please encourage your brothers and sisters not to clap. The choir is not there to perform — the choir is there to aid prayer and worship. The focus is supposed to be on Christ always. The right music and the right attitude can help this, but once it becomes a distraction, it is not doing its purpose any longer.
I’m a member of my school choir, and because I go to a Catholic school, we often provide music for the Sunday morning Mass. My choir director gave us a lecture before Mass once about how we do not consider this a “performance opportunity” because we are not performing — we are just helping the congregation worship in the Mass.
One of my greatest pet peeves is when priests encourage clapping after Masses for the choir. Unfortunately, most people don’t see the problem with it. They don’t understand how it takes away from the Mass itself. (And this is not meant to slam priests. I <3 priests. I think they’re heroes and often have loud, obnoxious, squealy fangirl moments regarding them. Just throwing that out there to anyone who gets confused.) I think Benedict said it very accurately: “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liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment….”
Just do your best not to get so worked up about it that it ruins your Mass (I say this because sometimes when I witness inappropriate behavior at the Mass it really grinds my gears and I have a hard time looking past it in my head). But please don’t clap. If someone asks, explain to them diplomatically why we should not clap or encourage praise of the choir during the Mass itself. If you feel the choir did beautifully and aided your worship, compliment individual members later as you are walking out. Otherwise, the choir runs the risk of becoming as confused as the congregation and believing that they are performing rather than letting the Holy Spirit work through them.
But tonight I saw an awesome band called Wasko and the Whiners and did laundry!
Really though. Getting up in seven and a half hours to get ready for breakfast. Then onto class! I hope tomorrow goes well. I have my audition for which choir I’m in. I know I’m capable of keeping up with the Chamber choir. I just wonder if I’ll get in.
Prayers would be greatly appreciated.