Penitential Act

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: Today at the Mass after the greeting, the pastor asked the congregation to kneel down for the Penitential Act. Was this okay?


A: There is no provision for kneeling during the penitential act during Lent. It is not totally inappropriate given the nature of the time of year and of the moment in the mass. But the same spirit of repentance can often be achieved with a generous period of silence for all to recall their sins.