So, at mass, we have the penitential rite. The priest asks us to call to mind our sins, acknowledge our failures, etc. Then, if it is a daily mass and there is no deacon present, we get to pray:
I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.That is one of my favorite prayers.
But if there is a deacon present, or sometimes even if not, the Kyrie is immediately launched into. No moment to "call to mind our sins," no anything other than the deacon singing "Lord have mercy."
To me, that doesn't feel like the same thing at all.
I really feel the need to call to mind my failings and ask for the prayers of the Virgin Mary, all the angels and saints, and my brothers and sisters too.
That's my question... are these really the same thing? Technically I know they are, but they feel so different.