There are some common errors unknowingly committed by many Catholics during Mass that aren’t supposed to be. These include:
- SITTING BEFORE THE PRIEST SITS
In the Mass, the celebrating priest is the representative of Christ in that mass, and it is inappropriate for the congregants to sit before he does. It is inappropriate to sit down before the priest does especially after homily and Prayer of the Faithful. The congregation is expected to remain standing until the priest sits down.
- MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS REPEATEDLY IN THE MASS
This is the mistake that many Catholics make oftentimes. Making the sign of the cross repeatedly during Mass, especially after receiving Holy Communion, is very wrong. The sign of the Cross is made at only two parts of the Mass… the beginning and at the end. Many people have imbedded the habit of making the signs of the cross at almost every minute. This is not supposed to be so.
- GENUFLECTING WITH THE LEFT KNEE
During the passion of Christ, the Roman soldiers knelt with their left knee to Jesus, but they were actually mocking him.
Catholics genuflect, that is kneel with their right knee, as a sign of respect to the Holy Eucharist. Some Catholics often make the mistake of genuflecting with their left knee which is totally wrong. You only genuflect with the right leg.
- MEETING THE PRIEST FOR BLESSING IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE MASS
The priest has already pronounced words of blessings in the Mass at the Concluding Rite just before the end of the Mass. So, there is no need meeting him for personal blessings after he has recessed out of the Church.
- LEAVING THE CHURCH BEFORE THE PRIEST
Some people leave immediately they hear “the mass is end, go in peace”. This is not appropriate. It is appropriate for you to wait for the Priest to completely recess out of the Church before you can follow suit.
Hence. these mistakes are committed as a result of ignorance and carelessness, but we should make efforts to know our church doctrines and act accordingly. Please let us be Catholics in practice and not just by mere words!