Regarding applause in church, Karl of Summa Contra Mundum writes:
We don’t applaud because the songs are supposed to be prayers. We don’t applaud prayers.
I am probably more churlish than you!
In response to my beef with applause in church, Michael Shirley writes:
You do realize that applause is an expression of gratitude and appreciation, a way of saying “thank you,” and that becoming angry at such an expression of thanks is quite churlish? Don’t you? How do you know that’s not God’s way of acting through others?
If I were to say to someone who thanked me or complimented me on my singing “You shouldn’t say that; I’m storing up riches in heaven and I don’t
over at Oremus. Read it. All I can say is “yipes!” Dancing just isn’t liturgical in this country. In other cultures dancing might be associated with the sacred. And in other cultures “Madonna” refers to the Mother of God.