The Roman Missal provides an option in place of a penitential rite. During Easter, some parishes employ the “Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling Holy Water.” Does yours? How often do you use this rite outside of the Easter season?
Did you know the rite also offers the option of mixing salt with holy water? I’ve never seen this option utilized, but perhaps you have.
The rubrics indicate the priest is to sprinkle himself before sprinkling others. Do your clergy do this?
The rite also dictates that “an antiphon or other appropriate sing is sung.” Some places attempt to streamline the rite and sing the Gloria during this time. Do you think this is appropriate? There is also a final formulary before the Gloria, which sometimes gets omitted:
May almighty God cleanse us of our sins,
and through the eucharist we celebrate
make us worthy to sit at his table
in his heavenly kingdom.
Have a seat in the liturgist’s armchair and render judgment. What you say, goes, at least in our realm of pontificating here. How would you utilize the rite of sprinkling in the Roman Rite?