A follow up to the below - at Mass, children make their way up with their parents (who don’t/can’t leave their infant alone.) The priest blesses each child. Should be discourage that? I undertand what you’ve answered to the previous question (which was about adults/those who’ve received First Communion but not taking the Eucharist that day, getting in line for a blessing…) but what about the children not yet of age?
Fr. Charles said:
Such an individual should simply remain in prayer in the pew. There is no option in the rubrics of the Mass for a blessing at that time. It should also be noted that a blessing is given to all present that the end of Mass.
As the CDWDS has written:
The liturgical blessing of the Holy Mass is properly given to each and to all at the conclusion of the Mass, just a few moments subsequent to the distribution of Holy Communion.