UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News

Philippines

Filipino faithful told to abstain from clapping during Mass

Archbishop Villegas warns against turning the community of prayer into an audience in need of entertainment

UCA News reporter, Manila

UCA News reporter, Manila

Updated: February 21, 2020 10:59 AM GMT
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Filipino faithful told to abstain from clapping during Mass

Archbishop Socrates Villegas has called on priests to refrain from encouraging people to clap during Mass. (Photo: AFP)

Share this article :
A Catholic bishop in the Philippines has urged the faithful to abstain from clapping during Mass, saying that the Eucharist is "a memorial of Calvary."

"Who would have clapped at Calvary? Would the Blessed Mother and John the Beloved have clapped?" asked Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan.

In a Lenten message, the prelate said clapping at Mass "if not nipped early, can rob us of the true meaning of Christian liturgy and worship."

"The breaking of the bread is a commemoration of the violent death that the Lord went through. Who claps while others are in pain? It is pain with love; yes, but it still pain.”

He called on priests to refrain from encouraging people to clap to keep them awake during the homily.

"A well-prepared, brief, inspired and inspiring homily has a longer lifespan than intermittent clapping as you preach," said Archbishop Villegas.

"Is clapping in the midst of the homily or after it a sign of liturgical vitality? Is not this boredom coming from a misunderstood sense of worship and prayer?" he asked.

By clapping, the community of prayer "becomes just an audience in need of entertainment; liturgical ministers become performers; and preachers become erudite toastmasters." He added: "It should not be so." 

If there is a need to give a post-communion message, he discouraged the naming of particular persons or groups who the parish wishes to appreciate for their work or donations made to the church. He said the giving of appreciation must be done outside the Mass.

The archbishop said that when the congregation claps at an ordination Mass after calling the candidate, the applause is not for the ordained but for the Lord who calls. "This is not the case with much of our applause," he said.

In his Lenten message, Archbishop Villegas said Lent, which will start on Ash Wednesday, has a somber and calm aura, the altar decors are restrained and the musical instruments are subdued.

"We fast from pleasure and restrain our appetite. Let us add more abstinence to this sober season. Let us abstain from applause in church. May this abstinence from clapping flow over into the other days of the year," he said.

Support UCA News...

UCA News provides a unique service, bringing you the voices of emerging churches and helping you see efforts made to evangelize and bring relief to people in all manner of need.

UCA News has more than 40 full time and part time reporters, editors and administrators bringing you this service from across 23 countries in south, southeast and east Asia. You, too, can be part of their efforts by contributing even a small amount to keep UCA News available to the world.
Click here to consider the options available to you.

Your contribution to UCA News will immensely help us continue to grow a strong media community by harnessing information technology to inform, engage, inspire and influence the Catholics of Asia and the world.

As a gesture of our gratitude to your commitment to UCA News, we are pleased to gift you a free PDF Book/e-Book titled Mission in Asia when you make a contribution.

UCAN Donate
UCA Newsletter
YOUR DAILY
NEWSLETTER
Thank you. You are now signed up to our Daily Full Bulletin newsletter

Also Read

UCA News Podcast
UCAN Ad
 
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution