Hey there everyone, I thought here might be a good place to post the majority of my questions (if I have the wrong forum, I apologize!). I have several involving the Mass itself and practices outside of Mass as well…
First of all, I know there are lots of written and rehearsed prayers. Protestants prayer whenever, wherever, however… is that still allowed? Or is it considered irreverent to pray in such a familiar manner?
Should Protestants cross themselves in mass and before they pray? Or is this strictly Catholic? A woman at the church I’m attending is not a confirmed Catholic, but crosses herself, makes the sign before the Gospel reading, etc. Should I be doing those things too?
Is it appropriate for non-Catholics to pray using the prayers such as the Act of Contrition or other written prayers? What about saying the Lord’s Prayer during mass, and the Nicene Creed? I’ve been saying the prayers and singing along in mass, but should I not be?
Also, is it inappropriate for Protestants to pray through the saints and the Holy Mother? It makes perfect sense to me to do so, and I’d like to start, but I don’t want to do or say anything offensive.
During the Celebration of the Eucharist, should I kneel with the rest of the congregation, and again when they return to their pews?
I apologize, I know these are a lot of questions, but they’re just a start… I am thinking about attending RCIA classes in the fall and converting, but until then, I’m just feeling my way through Masses and trying to live my life in the best manner possible, bridging the gap between my Protestant upbringing and newly found Catholic beliefs. Any help would be appreciated!