I have now been to Mass twice. The experience has been genuinely great and has moved me in ways I could never imagine. Despite the worries and concerns of my Wife and friends, I have no doubts whatsoever about my wish to convert to Catholicism (it really is coming home isn’t it?!) and am praying for patience as I want it all to happen yesterday.
However, I have some questions that might seem silly to very experienced Catholics but as someone new to Mass, I have made some observations that could do with clarification.
Please go easy on me:o
In my old CofE church, when I received Communion, I was given both the bread and wine. On both my visits to Mass, I noticed my Priest take both body and blood, whereas the rest of the worshipers took only the body. Is there a reason for this, or have I been mistaken and not been paying proper attention?
Would it be offensive to ‘proper’ Catholics for me to make the sign of the cross during Mass? (when the others do of course) At the moment, I am just trying to keep up with everyone else and to be honest am copying the person in front of me/next to me. I realise that experience will help my understanding but I would feel better knowing if my making the sign of the cross would be wrong.
I’m embarrassed to ask this question but here goes: Both before and after receiving the Eucharist, some people kneel, some people sit and some stand. With reference to my previous question, I of course just copy the person next to me. However, I am puzzled as to why there are these differences - though I presume it’s merely personal choice.
I said these questions would seem silly but nevertheless would welcome any responses.