From a reader:
Can a preist decide to have second confiteor as a holy jester before holy communion.
The 1962 edition of the Missale Romanum does not mention the 2nd Confiteor or any sort of gesture. I assume from that silence that there should not be one.
I am not sure how such a jester would be handled. In the different places I have been, it is sometimes the custom to have the jester and sometimes not. You never know what is going to happen. Jesters are habitually unpredictable. You have to handle all liturgical jesters with great care. Don’t clown around during Mass with liturgical jesters.
Certainly I have had some deacons were were amusing gentlemen and, during a Solemn Mass, they were assigned the task of singing the so-called 2nd Confiteor.
Otherwise, I suppose there could be, instead of the biretta, a sort of jester’s cap involved, with those variously-colored dangling things. I have known deacons and subdeacons for that matter who were little better than prating coxcombs. The only problem is that, at the time you would have the 2nd Confiteor, the Blessed Sacrament is upon the altar. In the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, you cannot cover even with a miter, much less a coxcomb! Not that I am trying to suggest a moral equivalence between miters and coxcombs, mind you.
Maybe one could use one of those hand held jester’s heads? Not sure. It seems somehow… what’s the word… undignified? Still, if you choose to use one of those, for the love of all that’s holy don’t use one with bells on it after the Gloria of Holy Thursday! What a scandal that would be!
That said, it may be possible to obtain permission from the Holy See to have a such a jester.
I believe you would submit your petition in writing … on foolscap.