I’ve going to the same parish for 3 years now and I’ve noticed something that’s become quite a bit of concern for me:
During certain masses when people or objects are blessed the priest invites the congregations to raise their right hands in blessing. As I was made to understand it we as laity have no power to bless with a few minor exceptions. Why then do the priests do this? This seems to me to be a case of liturgical abuse, but the whole congregation does it, and sometimes even without the invitation of one of the priests. Not to be crude but to look around and see this gesture reminds me of Nazi’s and the Sieg Hail symbol adapted from the Roman salute.
Can anyone clarify the legitimacy (or lack thereof) concerning this practice, it’s origins, and how it is viewed by the CDWDS at the Vatican? Am I right to see this as liturgical abuse? Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is it a regional phenomenon*?
I’ve only just begun RCIA there and don’t really feel it’s currently my place to bring this up with the priests and church staff which seems to be moderately “spirit of Vatican II” in terms of liturgy. But I do not raise my hand for these blessings personally, and encourage my brother also not to when we are at mass together.
*I’m located in the Diocese of San Bernardino