Very strange business this.
At the end of the audience no one knows what to do after this strange conclusion.
This was today, 30 November 2019.
Pope Francis’ rather unusual blessing today at the conclusion his audience with the participants at the children’s meeting of the Laudato sì “I can” World Summit pic.twitter.com/2wPrfqsipu
— Catholic Sat (@CatholicSat) November 30, 2019
The whole video, but this starts at about 26:30. Note the music afterwards. You won’t have to do penance for the rest of the day.
But wait… here is yesterday, 29 November, 2019.
Pope Francis’ rather unusual blessing this evening at the conclusion of his visit to the Cittadella della Carità, to mark the 40th Anniversary of Rome’s Diocesan Caritas. pic.twitter.com/H49Ah272qx
— Catholic Sat (@CatholicSat) November 29, 2019
Weird. Is this now going to be a thing?
Dear readers, ask your priests for a blessing.
Fathers, be prompt to bless when asked.
And, Fathers, when you give a blessing stand up straight! Don’t loom over the poor people as if to make it more meaningful. Don’t grab their heads and put your mouth near them as if you are about to eat their brains. Where do priests get this dopey stuff? Just say a blessing and perhaps gently touch their heads after.
And don’t ramble when giving blessings! “Through the intercession of blah blah …. with the hope of this ‘n that …. because we are all made in God’s image…. and noting that the weather is great and there is a strong chance of showers in the evening as a low pressure front moves in….”. For pity’s sake, just say this:
“Benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, descendat super te (vos) et maneat semper. … May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, descend upon you and remain forever. Amen.”