From a reader:
#1: Some persons make the Sign of the Cross when the priest closes the Act of Penitence (‘May Almighty God have mercy on us . . . ‘), but this is not mentioned in the GIRM. Is it inadvisable to do so, or is it permissible piety, or is this one of those instances of ‘this is done in the TLM and the silence of the GIRM on this matter therefore does not exclude it’?
I think it is a great thing to do, advisable indeed. So what if it is not mentioned in the GIRM? The GIRM is silent about all sorts of things. Making the Sign of the Cross is a good, pious thing to do.
It makes sense to do it there. It has always been done there. And, with the “gravitational pull” exerted again by the Usus Antiquior, let it always be done there.
Reason #2478 for Summorum Pontificum.
#2: Some persons bow profoundly when the Final Blessing is given; again, the GIRM is silent on the matter. Is this appropriate? It would make sense if it is appropriate, as we are sometimes asked to ‘bow down’ for blessings – but this is not prescribed.
Sure. Go ahead and bow. As a matter of fact, I’d say go ahead and kneel for the blessing.
Moreover, people are supposed to bow during the Creed, but how many do? It’s right there in the GIRM, right? I say, start kneeling again at “et homo factus est”!
Furthermore, I think it would be great were women to start using chapel veils again and were everyone to come to church in their “Sunday Best”.
And another thing!