I am a catechist for my parish's Confirmation program. Currently, we are discussing the parts of the modern Novus Ordo Mass and how to participate fully. I am presenting on the Acclamation and the Gospel. I looked this part of the Mass on on the most complete Order of the Mass I could find online ([old.usccb.org/romanmissal/order-of-mass.pdf](http://old.usccb.org/romanmissal/order-of-mass.pdf) ). As you all know, just before the Gospel, the deacon or priest makes the three signs of the cross on forehead, lips and breast, echoing the wish that the Gospel be in his mind, on his lips and in his heart. I have been instructed in the past that the congregation performs this motion also and I do it. However, in researching this gesture, I find that the Order of the Mass referenced above only says that the proclaimer does it. There is no mention of the congregation performing this action. Generally, things not prescribed in the Missal are not to be done; they are innovations. So now I am wondering whether this is an extra-liturgical "innovation", like holding hands during the Our Father or giving "blessings" at communion? I have not had a chance to look in a real Roman Missal (ordered it last weekend) and can't get at my parish's copy. Can anyone give me guidance on what the normative instructions are for celebrating the Mass? I have looked in my old GIRM and there is not even a mention of the proclaimer's action at the Gospel. Any guidance would be appreciated.