Striking Breast at Consecration

Question from Jerri Chaput Stewart on 3/28/2008:

From the St. Joseph Daily Missal (1959) "When the priest elevates the Sacred Host, look at it and say: My Lord and My God! and the bells were rung three times (thus the the 3 atrikes of the breast). When the Priest adores the Precious Blood: you do likewise. The bell rings three times." Although the missal does not give words I remember using My Jesus, mercy.

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa is translated as through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault (striking breast three times), but this is in the Confiteor not at the Consecration.

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 3/29/2008:
Dear Jerri,

Thank you for your note.

Dr. Geraghty

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