On a similar note: what is the ORDER that’s supposed to happen?
When I was a child, I don’t recall any one telling me to cross myself (in any manner) before the reading of the Gospel. Fast forward to adulthood, and there are people crossing themselves.
I had an older woman tell me it was for ‘Open my mind, close my mouth, and fill my heart’, which I found to be quite sweet. Later, I learn it’s what’s is posted above.
But… the order of things.
The Priest/Deacon says “a reading from the book of…” and crosses himself. Then we respond, ‘Glory to you, Oh Lord’, and then WE cross ourselves…
… but in these days of poorly catechised Catholics, I see folx that are SAYING our response, WHILE they are crossing themselves - which to me is another prayer.:eek:
I don’t get it, and I really don’t know how to point this out to others without becoming just a ‘Catholic Nazi’