Latin Mass Question: Kids

Taking my kids for the first time…my son has not received his first communion. Does he still go the the nealer for a blessing despite not taking the sacrament?

Obviously, the new mass allows it.


i don’t know. i don’t think in the traditional church that the priest gives a child a blessing? good question though. i’d like to see what others say.

In the places I’ve been to you can take the child for a blessing.

Blessing or no I cannot recall, but I have fond memories of accompanying my mother to the Communion rail, kneeling (or standing?) beside her, her arm wrapped around me in a hug that ended with her hand over my mouth so that Father would not accidentally adminster me the Sacrament.

I don’t think the idea was “blessing” so much as “don’t leave that kid* unattended in the pew”!

(* *Especially *this kid! :stuck_out_tongue: )

You can take your child with you, but blessings are not usually done at the Old Mass. I cant recommend you physically ask the priest for a blessing, especially if he is from the ICRSS or FSSP, he will not be used to administering them at communion.

One receives a blessing at the end, so there isn’t a need to go up specifically for a blessing.

Unless it is forbidden at your parish, anyone can go to the Communion rail and ask for a blessing only. The simple way is to bow down the head when the priest approaches you.

Might be better for those souls who aren’t properly disposed for Communion but yet feel the need to follow the crowd.

At my indult TLM, children accompnying their parents to the communion rail who are too young to receive the host, seem to receive a blessing from the priest as a matter of course.

At our TLM parish, one priest always gives a blessing to the children who accompany their parents. The other priest never gives a blessing. My guess then would be that it will depend on the priest’s inclination whether your kids will get a blessing.

In my experience, parents will generally bring their children up to the communion rail, but Father does not give any blessing as he is busy administering the Sacrament.

Back in the day, parents usually only brought their young children with them to avoid leaving them unattended for those few minutes. Although in some parishes it was common for the children to sit with their school classes in one part of the Church, rather than their families.

My advice- if you think your children can behave themselves and kneel respectively in the pew until you get back, leave them there. If not, bring them up with you but perhaps have them stand behind you or off to the side. The priest may give a blessing if he wants, but dont expect it or ask for it.

As a server I can tell you how some parents bring their children up with them, and I have no idea if they are recieving or not so I slip the paten under their chin and Father leans in to give communion and at the last second the mother reaches over and pulls them away.

Yes you can bring your children up. If a child has not yet made their First Holy Communion then have them cross their hands over their chest instead of having their hands folded together. The preist should recognize that as meaning they will not be recieving. If he has doubts he will most likely look toward you for a nod or a shake. A Traditional priest may just pass them by or may make the sign of the cross over them with the Blessed Sacrament, or may bless them while keeping his thumb and pointer finger together.

When did this innovation make its way into the TLM? I don’t ever remember of this being the norm in my years of attending TLM prior to Vatican II.

About 2,000 years ago, Christ said suffer the little children to come unto me. What an innovator He was.

Who cares whether it was widely practiced immediately before Vatican II?

Sometimes, we need to ask ourselves why it is we love the Tridentine Mass so much. It is not because we just want to do whatever happened in the first part of the 20th century. There is a much higher purpose that makes it such a worthy pursuit. We need to keep the ends in mind.

Blessing little children is a very reverent and traditional thing to do that is not forbidden to my knowledge. If it is forbidden, then someone needs to pull out the citations.

At our parish (an indult FSSP), the priests always blesses the little children who cannot receive communion and who come forward with their parents. Every FSSP priest, I have encountered has done likewise. It is a worthy practice.

It has come from the NO. It is not in itself necessarily a bad thing, though there can be some awkwardness if communion is adminstered by a Eucharistic Minister.

It is forbidden for a priest to make the sign of the cross with the host over anyone out side of Benedicion, becase he would be incorporating Benediction into the Communion rite. As to a priest making the sign of the cross over children at the rail, I have seen this many times when serving.

It is forbidden for a priest to make the sign of the cross with the host over anyone out side of Benedicion, becase he would be incorporating Benediction into the Communion rite. As to a priest making the sign of the cross over children at the rail, I have seen this many times when serving.

Oh dear :frowning: . I was “raised” in the NO & came to know & :heart: the Tridentine when I was about 15 or 16. Needless to say I am still learning. Unfortunately some of the priests here who say the “indult Mass” . . . as you could guess . . . are new to it. Some do bring their tendecy toward innovations with them. I hadn’t realized that that was one of them:blush:.

When one is receiving communion in the Old Rite, the Priest DOES make the sign of the cross with the Sacred Host saying the words:

“Corpus Domini nostri Iesu Christi, custodiat animam tuam in vitam aeternam.”

When not receiving communion, I’m not sure what the popper thing is to do regarding Priests and blessings. I haven’t seen a Priest bless anyone with the Blessed Sacrament during communion.

This to me is one of the big worries I have with the rumored Motu Proprio. There is no room in the traditional Tridentine rite for special innovations of priests. I can see that the laity are going to need to be re-educated in what is proper, so that they can be aware when something is being done outside of the rubrics.

As far as the blessing of children at the Communion Rail, it may not be wrong, per se, but it is unnecessary since the congregation receives the final blessing at the end of Mass (which, by the way, is a most powerful and efficacious blessing as it is liturgical). The crossing of the hands over the chest seems a very NO thing to do. I also think that it is more important for a young child who needs to accompany a parent to Communion to see that this is something special which he/she cannot be a part of at this time. I think parents tend to want their children to be blessed in order for them to feel “included,” which is a very modernist inclination IMO. It does no harm for children to know that they can’t take part in everything that parents and older children do.

Yes this is worying…a week ago I had to haelp a priest celebrate the TLMass in private. There were a few slipups but I’m sure almighty God understood how this priest was trying his best… please pray that some day he may say it perfectly.

That is my biggest worry as well. Many priests no longer understand that they can’t change or add whenever they are so inclined. When they forgot to make some announcement they can’t just turn around & make it in the middle of Mass :eek:

Yes, I’m sure God understood. Slipups by a well-meaning priest are one thing; purposeful innovations are another.

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