On the subject of confession, I’d like to ask what is a Mass of Reconciliation? A parish close by advertised such a Mass recently and I went along thinking that Confession would be available before, during (with a priest not involved in the Mass) and after Mass. I was mistaken and a little confused.
After the Introductory Rites and a brief explanation of the purpose of the Mass, the Penitential Act was said but this was by way of a local formula. The readings, psalm and Gospel were proper but then the homily was replaced by an invitation by the priest for penitents to come forward in a queue like formation to whisper their sin to him at the foot of the altar before receiving absolution and returning to their seat.
After this, all were invited to recite the ‘Our Father’, which I took to be the penance.
I always thought that two sacraments could not be celebrated together in this style and also this surely isn’t a proper confession in any event is it?
What are your thoughts?