I won’t get in to what wasn’t covered at my baptismal rehearsal, but let’s just say it was “lacking” in several details. So, I thought I’d ask some of the questions here since I was turned away today (let’s leave it at that). I was pretty much told to “not worry about it” and to “just go with it,” but I want to know how to do things the proper way.
I guess I can tell you how it’s supposed to go and then ask my specific questions?
We are to show up in this t-shirt they gave us, jeans, and shoes or flip flops. After we are seated, the Father will approach our pew (we’re sitting in the front) and ask us a series of questions, to which we respond “I do” (question #1). Later, we are called up, one by one, to the pool (question #2). Once we are in the pool, the Father will pour water on our heads (question #3). After that, we change while the Father sprinkles water on the congregation and we line up in front of our pews to receive our candles. Later during Mass, we receive our first communion (question #4).
When the Father approaches us, I’m assuming individually, should I bow to him as he approaches me? I’m first in line and want to set the right example.
Do I bow before entering the Sanctuary?
Do I stand there with my hands at my side or should I have them in the “prayer” pose? I would just feel awkward having them at my side.
I’ve been to Mass at several different parishes, and I watch the daily Mass on EWTN and notice all different things when people are in line ready to receive the Eucharist. Do I genuflect or bow? No one at my parish does either; they just line up and receive the Eucharist.
Thanks in advance for any and all help. I realize these questions may seem elementary but I want to set the right example for the Elect to follow.