Friday, March 29, 2013
OKAY, THE HOLY FATHER ISN'T THE ONLY ONE WHO BENDS THE RUBRICS
We hear confessions each morning before our 8:00 AM daily Mass. We begin at 7:30 AM and try to finish by 7:50 AM. Of course since we didn't have Mass in the morning of Holy Thursday, we did not plan on having confessions. Word didn't get to everyone though!
Since I didn't have the 8:00 AM Mass, I went to the gym for my morning exercise a bit later than usual. I usually get there at 5:45 AM and get back by 6:50 or so in order to shower and get ready for Mass. On Holy Thursday I got back to the church at 7:30 AM and I noticed a man sitting outside the locked church. I told him we didn't have a morning Mass on Holy Thursday. He said, I needed to go to confession and I said, well if you don't mind I can hear it here in the parking lot.
No sooner had I begun to hear his confession, the little boy in the pictures who had missed his First Confession a couple of weeks ago was brought by his mom for his First Holy Confession prior to the family departing for an Easter vacation.
So I had my first, hearing a First Confession outside in the parking lot without clerical garb or stole and the child's mom captured the spectacle on digital "film" catching me in the act of breaking a rubric of proper attire for a sacrament.
Just a disclaimer, I don't hear confessions like this except in extreme situations. After this First Confession I did open the Church and go to the confessional and put on a stole and heard about 8 more confessions of people wanting to go!