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megzmegz123 (Posted by) Level 3


Folks at my (exclusively Extraordinary Form) parish genuflect when the cross and then the priest pass them during the procession and recession. They also bless themselves everytime the priest does during the mass. I did not seen this at another traditional parish in a different state and I’m wondering if this is just a cultural thing for people from certain countries or maybe just the newness and unfamiliarity most of us have with the EF. It seems excessive to me.

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May I suggest that you do what you choose to do and allow others to do what they choose to do?

There are no indications in the traditional Missal about what the congregation is to do. There are traditional practices which vary from place to place....
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