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Alayna, there's nothing wrong with participating in ways in which you are invited, and there's nothing wrong with finding comfort in it. Some people feel strongly (and for good reasons) that the "blessing" isn't appropriate at that time of Mass, since everyone receives a blessing just a few minutes later. Also, eucharistic minister's can't really bless you, so it's a misnomer to call it such (only the priest can bless you). So that's why some people wish there wasn't a blessing option at communion at all, because it's confusing.So here's something I was thinking the other day...receiving a "blessing" at communion isn't just "receivinig a blessing that you'll receive in a few minutes anyway." You are approaching the Lord in the Eucharist, and (hopefully) making a prayer of spiritual communion while also being blessed/prayed for by the minister of the Eucharist. Why wouldn't you want to be close to the Lord (you are certainly much closer when you are standing inches from his body, rather than sitting far back in your pew), even if you can't recieve Him? And by approaching the altar, you are able to bow to our Lord and make an act of reverence and adoration. Is it absolutely necessary? No. But neither is Veneration of the Cross or receiving ashes, and we still do that, because it has some meaning. Couldn't you just make an act of spiritual communion and adore the Eucharist from further back? Sure, but isn't being closer better? I mean, you can pray in front of the tabernacle, which you know holds Our Lord, but wouldn't you rather pray in front of a Monstrance, where you can see our Lord? Just a thought
Honestly, I'm going to continue going to get a blessing when the usher is in my way, or when it will otherwise cause a practical issue for me to stay in my pew, because blessings are allowed at Mass. If blessings stopped being allowed, I'm sure I could find a way around it.
I read the link, but I don't see where it says a blessing isn't allowed. I'll address the 5 points from the letter:1. Blessing is given at the beginning and end of Mass -- this implies that a blessing isn't necessary, but doesn't say it's not allowed. Many priests, for instance, give a blessing at the beginning and end of the their sermon, which is actually liturgically unnecessary and actually incorrect, but I wouldn't so so far as to say it's wrong.2. Lay people can't give blessings -- Okay, but priests can, so what if this was isolated only to priests? Further more, just because a lay person cannot give a blessing, this does not mean that cannot say a prayer for someone. The term "blessing" is a misnomer in this situation.3. The laying of hands by those distributing communion is discouraged -- First, it's discouraged, not forbidden. Second, I've never had anyone lay hands on me at communion for a "blessing," so I don't think this necessarily forbids a "blessing" at communion, as much as it discourages the laying of hands.4. Giving a blessing to someone in an invalid marriage sends a bad message -- Plenty of people who receive blessings aren't in invalid marriages. This would be like saying we shouldn't have communion at Mass because invalidly married people shouldn't receive communion.5. People who aren't able to receive communion shouldn't approach to receive communion or a blessing -- this doesn't say that someone who can receive shouldn't approach for a blessing.All in all, I don't see anything in here that would indicate that I shouldn't receive a blessing from my priest at Mass during communion. Please point out to me if I'm missing something.Riss, I think your point that no one can add to the liturgy is a good one. That definitely makes sense.