Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Striking Our Breasts

Wednesday greetings.

I found many of yesterday's comments pretty discouraging. Please read the post and offer your own comments.

Here is the response to the question about striking our breasts, taken from the BCDW Newsletter:

1. How many times do we strike the breast in the Confiteor?

The Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship addressed this question in a 1978 dubium (found in NotitiƦ 14 [1978], 534-535):

While in the Roman Missal promulgated by the authority of the Council of Trent the words were very frequently also accompanied by minute gestures, the rubrics of the Roman Missal restored by the authority of the Second Vatican Council are noteworthy for their discretion with regard to gestures. Having said this: The words mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa which are found in the Confiteor are introduced in the restored Roman Missal by a rubric of this sort: “All likewise… striking their breast, say…” (Order of Mass, no. 3). In the former Missal, in the same place, the rubric read like this: “He strikes his breast three times.” It does not seem, therefore, that anyone has to strike his breast three times in pronouncing those words in Latin or in another language, even if mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa is said. It suffices that there be a striking of the breast.

So, there you have it.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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