Friday, February 19, 2010

The Mass in Slow Motion: Sobriety at the Sign of Peace

From the Archdiocese of Washington, h/t to New Advent:

By Msgr. Charles Pope

The Sign of Peace is ironically a matter over which there is significant dispute in the Church. Some love it just the way it is. Others hate and want it dropped. Still others like it but want it moved to a different part of the liturgy where it is fits better, perhaps at the beginning, perhaps before the offertory. Some see it as a very gregarious moment and leave their pew and move through the Church. Others stay put and just nod at others. What of this disputed moment, the sign of “peace?”

We do well first to examine the what the General Instruction of the Roman Missal says...

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