From a reader…
A priest blessing young children at mass, is it something that they should do? Is there a reason they would skip over a child? We had a homily today about the importance of blessing children and then our priest (this is a Novus Ordo parish, the closest TLM is 1.5 hours away) didn’t bless either of my younger children (my children were the only children at the mass). My husband who rarely comments of this sort of this made a comment, he actually noticed it before I did. I am guessing it’s not mandatory for priests to bless children who come up with their parents for communion, but I don’t know what the expectation/standard is. What is reasonable to expect from my priest?
My son noticed, he’s 5. He was walking in front of me, right behind his 8 year old brother. The priest reached over him to give me communion and then just went to the other people in the other line. We moved, and he skipped my daughter (who my husband was holding) and just gave my husband communion and then moved back to the other line.
I don’t want to read too much into it, I’m sure it’s nothing. It is just not sitting well with me so I’d like to understand fully what is proper. Thank you.
Yes, there is a good reason why a priest would “skip over” blessing children at Communion time.
It’s Communion time, not blessing time. It is a counter-sign that cancels the significance of the Communion procession of the baptized.
Part of the problem with this practice is that it serves to reduce Mass to a sentimental moment. People have to “get something”. People want to feel “good”. Some priests cave in under all of this. Other priests just haven’t thought it through and they go along, without consideration of what the contradiction is.
There is a blessing at the end of Mass. You can ask the priest for a blessing outside of Mass. Communion time is for Communion.
Let Communion time be Communion time.
PS: I know about the case of the priest being accused of something because he touched the head of a child when imparting a blessing. It was all in public, etc. Crazy stuff. Crazy times. There are now priests who are nearly afraid of children because of the nut jobs in their parishes.