Whenever a cantor does some sort of solo for a communion meditation and everyone starts applauding afterwards, you will see me in the corner, glowering.
Ratzinger got at least this right.
There are parts of St. John Chrysostom’s sermons which are basically him berating the congregation for applauding his sermon while he was in the middle of it. This happened to him all the time, I guess, and he was always like NO STOP IT YOU IDIOTS!
I was looking for that.
Found it now. He once finished a sermon and when they started cheering, said this:
“Stop your applause. It is not your applause I seek, but your application. You think when you have appreciated you have applied.”
Do you think there’s a cultural element attached to this? I’m from a religious tradition where the congregation remains completely silent (apart from prayers and psalms of course), and any sort of ‘spontaneous’ expression just doesn’t happen.
But then, Scotch Presbyterians and Dutch Reformed aren’t exactly know for being either excitable or very expressive.