This Sunday I witnessed a couple of people after Mass doing something I had never seen before.
A couple of ladies made a trek on their knees down the main aisle, stopping at each pew to pray. (They weren’t doing the Stations of the Cross, I guarantee.) They ended up on the first stair of the altar, still kneeling and doubled over, with their faces in their hands.
I posted in this forum because I’d like to know if this is a “traditional” devotion from a particular place, culture, or era. (Three ladies were Hispanic, two were African, and one was Caucasian. They ranged in age from mid 20s to about mid 50s.)
Where did it come from? Has anyone else seen this and can they explain this devotion is to me? Are there “set” prayers for this? Is it a penance? An act for a special intention?
Incidentally, I wasn’t put off by it, but didn’t have the chance to ask about this particular devotion.