Our priest is giving us liturgical direction every Sunday during lent. Last Sunday he said we should not cross ourselves after the confiteor when he says the prayer of absolution. He said this was an abuse and the only time we should cross ourselves was at the beginning and the end of the mass. He also said that no sins were being forgiven. I was under the impression that venial sins were forgiven at mass. Is this an abuse? Should I continue to cross myself if not, or should I obey my priest.
Why do some priests have to make other priest’s lives so hard?
First, I would like to know if Father has obeyed Sacrosanctum Concilium 54. Has he taken care that his flock can respond both signing and speaking in both Latin and their mother tongue to the parts of Mass that pertain to them?
Look, Father ought to unclench his thingy and stop micro-managing.
NB: People do this in the Extraordinary Form in imitation of the priest and the altar serves or sacred ministers, who made the Sign of the Cross at that point, while the priest traces the Cross over everyone. This is a good Catholic instinct. It just seems right.
Father! Don’t quench the Spirit! The Spirit is moving people to feel sorrow for even their lesser sins before daring to participate in the awesome sacred mysteries.
And, yes, venial sins are forgiven. Father might refresh his memory about the difference between mortal sins and venial sins. Hey! Repetita iuvant, right? We should all review our basics from time to time, no matter what our role is in the Church.
It would be an abuse to tell people that they must make the sign of the Cross at that point. It would be an abuse to require people to hold hands during the Our Father, too. However, if people want to hold hands or make the Sign of the Cross, fine. If they want to hold hands, and that doesn’t create a disturbance, big deal, right? How does making the Sign of the Cross constitute an abuse?
When did the sign of the Cross become wrong?
We sign ourselves with it at the Gospel. Many sign themselves with it at Communion time.
How is this bad? Should they stop? It’s enough to make the little girl in the graphic, above, burst into tears.
I am pretty sure he isn’t being malicious… but… sheesh!
I would listen politely to Father, smile indulgently, and then make the Sign of the Cross whenever it pleaseth thee to make it.
The next step should be to get a large group of people organized and petition for Holy Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum in keeping with Summorum Pontificum.
And if you do the 2nd Confiteor then you could all multiply your Signs of the Cross after the absolution!