Monday, May 18, 2009
Hail Mary and the General Intercessions
Hello everyone. Hard to believe that Easter is winding down (if that's even possible). I am back in Chicago after a weekend with family in New England. I went to Sunday Mass in a parish while there and something odd happened after the final intercession of the General Intercessions. Instead of concluding the prayers with a prayer, the celebrant began the "Hail Mary," which the entire congregation picked up on immediately. After the "Hail Mary," we all sat down and the preparation of the altar and gifts began. Just wondering if anyone out there has ever witnessed this custom, knows that it occurs regularly somewhere else, or knows the reasoning behind it? Curious. Any comments are welcome.