My cousin and I are going to be traveling extensively in Europe next summer, which means we will be visiting a lot of churches, cathedrals, etc. (even the Holy See!) We want to get as much culture in as possible, and would like to attend mass while we are there.
The only problem is, I’ve only been to mass once in my life (3 years ago) and my cousin has never been. We really don’t know what we’re doing.
I’ve of course read all about the general order the mass occurs in, but we really don’t know what to say when, when to stand, when to kneel. The one time I went to mass I barely got to pay attention because I was so concerned with not being the crazy person standing while everyone else was kneeling.
I also know we are not permitted to take communion. Is there anything else like this we need to know? Perhaps specifically regarding relics?
Also, is it rude of us not to make the sign of the cross?
Like I said, we really have no idea what we’re doing.
For those who are wondering, we are going to Italy, Greece, Austria, France, England, and Ireland.
Thanks for any tips!