Why we hit our chest during the ‘Confiteor’

While reciting the Confiteor we hit of our chest during the Mea Culpa… 

The reason for us doing so is a symbolic gesture of us crushing our heart: Our heart is corrupted and it has sinned time after time again; we ask Thee for a new heart. When folks are sad, they say “I’m broken hearted”. During the Confiteor we symbolically try to break our heart, for “A contrite and humbled heart, o God, Thou wilt not despise.” (Ps. 51:17)

(Source: De Mis, Van Beukering F., 1939)

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