One thing I have seen at several different parishes is the priest, during mass, after a song by the choir during mass either leading applause or in two instance saying something along the lines of ” How about a hand for the choir and the wonderful job singing ..
insert your Marty Haugen tune of choice here…” I seen a quote by Cardinal Ratzinger , now Pope Benedict XVI that I can only paraphrase, it went something like ” Applause during the liturgy raises the accomplishments of man above the celebration of the mass ” What are your thoughts on applause during the mass ?
I know there are cultural differences, but I agree with His Holiness.
“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liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment. ” (Spirit of the Liturgy p. 198)