What Vatican 2 Actually Said: No Masses Honoring Groups of People
From the document Sacrosanctum Concilium:
32. The liturgy makes distinctions between persons according to their liturgical function and sacred Orders, and there are liturgical laws providing for due honors to be given to civil authorities. Apart from these instances, no special honors are to be paid in the liturgy to any private persons or classes of persons, whether in the ceremonies or by external display.
What does this mean? Simply put, the Mass is not to be used to honor the people, whether as the Mass itself (changing things to allow for this) or by external display (applause, special mentions, etc).
How often do we see the abuse of applause during Mass? Vatican 2 disapproves. How often do we see all kinds of crazy types of Masses? The High School Graduation Mass? The Kindergarten Mass? The (Insert Group of People to Celebrate For No Apparent Reason But To Honor and Celebrate here) Mass?
This is not what the Second Vatican Council called for, and it is clearly written here.
Do not applaud. Do not go to these Masses if you are able to.
We see a lot in the Church today all of these Masses that celebrate somebody. Yet, here we are, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a solemnity with very few actual Mass celebrations. I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know about it until around 10 o’clock when my wife reminded me. We have wonderful celebrations in the Liturgical Calendar to celebrate and have wonderful Masses for them, but we hear nothing about them.
It has become all about worshiping and honoring the individual, not the Lord. Well, Vatican 2 wants us to worship God in our Masses, not ourselves.