From a reader…
I went to confession this morning preparation for Ascension Mass, the priest was wonderful, yet when it came to the absolution part, i could see through the holes of the screen that the priest didn’t make the sign of the cross over me while saying, “I absolve you In the name…” he dI’d say the full form “God the Father of mercies…” Is my confession valid and the absolution?
Ahhh Fathers, why do you trouble and confuse people so?
Say the black and do the red. It’s not hard.
The priest should have made the sign of the Cross at the time of absolution. The fact that he did not, however, does not invalidate the sacrament.
You have confessed, you’ve been absolved, your sins are forgiven.
Don’t worry about the priest. It is an incredibly rare thing for absolution to be invalid. So long as you confess your mortal sins in kind and number, sincerely, you’ll be okay.