I’m newly confirmed in the Church, and I’ve only gone to confession a couple times so far. I’m wondering when exactly I’m supposed to enter the confessional booth.
Last time I went, the priest went inside the middle booth, and the ones to either side were both dark. He ended up opening the doors. Someone went in one, and the priest opened the window, so the little light shone through a hole in the shape of a cross on the top. The other door was open, so I figured I’d go inside and close the door. Well turns out it was pitch black in there, and I could faintly hear the other parishioner’s murmurs (not words, just intonations). After the other parishioner was done, the priest opened up my window and didn’t say anything, so I’m not sure if what I did was correct or not.
Was it ok for me to be in there? Should I go in and just leave the door open until the priest opens the window, or should I close the door and sit in the dark? I was worried someone might come up and think my booth was empty, since I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is.
Thanks in advance for responses!