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Patsy Kress wrote:

Hi, guys —

Our new priests started hearing Confessions during Sunday Masses. I am not sure people should be standing in line for Confession during The Sacrifice of the Mass.

  • Is it appropriate for both the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist to be celebrated at the same time?

Pasty

  { Is it proper for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Mass to be celebrated at the same time? }

Mike replied:

Hi Patsy,

Thanks for the question.

You said:

  • Is it appropriate for both the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist to be celebrated at the same time?

I don't see a big problem here. In the Boston area, at St. Anthony's Shrine, they have always heard Confessions while Mass is being celebrated.  This is not only good, it is very good, in that, it ensures more people will receive the Blessed Sacrament in a state of grace.

You said:
I am not sure people should be standing in line for Confession during The Sacrifice of the Mass.

While I empathize with your sentiments, I think the inward intent of the penitent to be made holy out weighs any concern for any apparent lack of reverence during the institution narrative of the Mass or the Mass, as a whole, itself.

I think it's safe to say all Catholics should be kneeling in reverence during the institution narrative of the Mass, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

CCC 1353: In the institution narrative, the power of the [priest's] words and the action of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, make sacramentally present under the species of bread and wine Christ's body and blood, his sacrifice offered on the cross once for all.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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