Monday, June 20, 2011

The Ed Sullivan-ization of the Mass

Yesterday, at the beginning of Mass at a parish on Long Island, we were requested to applaud the new deacon, and then, just before dismissal, the fathers in the congregation were asked to stand so that we could give them a round of applause.

Reminded me of the Ed Sullivan show, when Ed would single out celebrities in the house for a round of applause.  Though it was fine for Ed Sullivan, it's out of place at Mass.

For those of you too young to remember celebrity bows on the Ed Sullivan Show, here's a sample of what it was like:

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