What is "knocking upon the breast?"

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  1. With_the_scripture

    With_the_scripture New Member

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    What is knocking upon the breast and when does one do so during mass? I do not believe I have ever seen anyone do it (although if you don't know what it looks like it may be hard to tell.) Do any of you do so in your parish?
     
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    Shane R Active Member

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    It is a manual act said in the course of the consecration prayers. A fist is made and you smite your own breast lightly (or really hard if you want to, I guess) at the words, "And although we are unworthy. . ." I don't have a '79 BCP close to hand but I would not be surprised to find that the phrase was discontinued in most of the Communion rites. Anglo-Catholics who use the Missal may also insert the gesture in another place, I think the prayer of general confession but I don't regularly use that rite so I don't keep up with the peculiarities of its practice. But one of my fellow priests smites his breast thrice during the General Confession.
     
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    Fr. Brench Member Anglican

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    The Prayer of Confession in the Communion service (Anglican Standard Rite) of the 2019 Prayer Book has this phraseology:

    "Have mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father."

    The three-fold 'mercy' is not unlike the old Roman confiteor, and so I usually 'beat my breast' at that point. I doubt anyone else can see or hear it, but that isn't the point :)
     
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