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Vatican Announces Desire for More Restrained Sign of Peace at Mass
Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/31/14

Posted on 07/31/2014 7:09:56 PM PDT by marshmallow

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Congregation for Divine Worship, in a recent circular letter, announced that the placement of the sign of peace within Mass will not change, though it suggested several ways the rite could be performed with greater dignity.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments … pronounced in favor of maintaining the 'rite' and 'sign' of peace in the place it has now in the Ordinary of the Mass,” Fr. Jose Maria Gil Tamayo, secretary general of the Spanish bishops' conference, related in a July 28 memo.

He noted that this was done out of consideration of the placement of the rite of peace as “a characteristic of the Roman rite,” and “not believing it to be suitable for the faithful to introduce structural changes in the Eucharistic Celebration, at this time.”

The sign of peace is made after the consecration and just prior to the reception of Communion; it had been suggested that it be moved so that it would precede the presentation of the gifts.

Fr. Gil's memo was sent to the Spanish bishops, and prefaced the Congregation for Divine Worship's circular letter, which was signed June 8 by Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, its prefect, and its secretary, Archbishop Arthur Roche. The circular had been approved and confirmed the previous day by Pope Francis.

The letter made four concrete suggestions about how the dignity of the sign of peace could be maintained against abuses.

Fr. Gil explained that the circular letter is a fruit of the 2005 synod of bishops on the Eucharist, in which the possibility of moving the rite was discussed.

“During the Synod of Bishops there was discussion about the appropriateness of greater restraint in this gesture, which can be exaggerated and..........

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1 posted on 07/31/2014 7:09:57 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

How could this possibly not be a caucus topic?


2 posted on 07/31/2014 7:11:17 PM PDT by DManA
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To: marshmallow

Going to the Latin Mass, I never have to deal with the handshake sideshow. On the rare occasion I have to go to a Novus Ordo in order to attend mass at all, I dread that particular portion the entire time.


3 posted on 07/31/2014 7:16:44 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor, Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Agree


4 posted on 07/31/2014 7:20:16 PM PDT by notaliberal (St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle,)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Awful, peculiar intrusion thanks to the 1960s. Shaking hands with people you’re going to try and kill getting out of the parking lot ten minutes later.

Also, what’s that horrible raising of palms I’ve occasionally seen at suburban Masses? Yuck!


5 posted on 07/31/2014 7:20:37 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
I dread that particular portion the entire time.

That was the reason I quit going to the NO originally (in 70s, I suppose?). Then I discovered all the more important reasons.

6 posted on 07/31/2014 7:23:25 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: miss marmelstein

When I go to Mass on Sunday it’s between God and me, I don’t want to have a relationship with anyone during Mass but Jesus


7 posted on 07/31/2014 7:25:36 PM PDT by notaliberal (St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle,)
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To: miss marmelstein
Maybe it makes you think to not try to kill people ten minutes later.

I personally like the sign of peace. But whatever.

8 posted on 07/31/2014 7:26:02 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: marshmallow

**“During the Synod of Bishops there was discussion about the appropriateness of greater restraint in this gesture, which can be exaggerated and**

This would make us all very happy.


9 posted on 07/31/2014 7:28:52 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: miss marmelstein

Palms are lifted so that the priest can circulate through the Church sprinkling them with Holy Water and thus, blessing them.


10 posted on 07/31/2014 7:30:14 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

My mother was a Baptist, but she thought the Sign of Peace was one of the more beautiful parts of the mass.


11 posted on 07/31/2014 7:30:16 PM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: marshmallow
If they want to keep it I suggest that they consider moving it towards the beginning of Mass. I really don't like being interrupted while I am concentrating on the Eucharist.

I attended Mass in Las Vegas, at the Cathedral there, and they did just that. It was nice.

12 posted on 07/31/2014 7:31:06 PM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Salvation

No I know what he is referring too. There is no holy water being sprinkled. It happens during the Our Father.


13 posted on 07/31/2014 7:33:30 PM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: notaliberal

When I go to Mass on Sunday it’s between God and me, I don’t want to have a relationship with anyone during Mass but Jesus”””

Wow! “Whenever two or more are gathered in My name.”

Why bother going? Why not just sit outside in your car and listen?


14 posted on 07/31/2014 7:33:33 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: marshmallow

I hate that freaking sign of peace and it is one of the reasons I go to Latin Mass


15 posted on 07/31/2014 7:35:30 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: marshmallow
The fake "sign of peace" with strangers is the reason I quit going to Mass.
16 posted on 07/31/2014 7:36:35 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

not only do I not want to shake hands with anybody during Mass I also do not want to “turn around and greet your neighbor” at the beginning of Mass and I certainly do not want to hold hands during the Our Father....


17 posted on 07/31/2014 7:37:44 PM PDT by cherry
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To: EBH
It draws too much focus onto the worshippers rather than He who is being worshipped. It epitomizes my beef with the entire Novus Ordo.

Quite frankly, I don't care to even notice who else is in the Church. Every bit of concentration adn focus should be on God alone. Community and fellowship and such can come before mass and after mass, but for the mass itself, the focus MUST be God alone.

18 posted on 07/31/2014 7:37:56 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor, Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.)
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To: notaliberal

I always take a pew in the back of the church - even during a Latin Mass. The most wonderful Masses of my childhood were the Monday-Friday Mass at 8am at my Catholic school. During the winters, the nuns locked the school doors and the only relief from the cold weather was going to Mass. No sermon and just a quiet, meditative Mass. So beautiful.


19 posted on 07/31/2014 7:38:11 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: notaliberal
"When I go to Mass on Sunday it’s between God and me, I don’t want to have a relationship with anyone during Mass but Jesus"

which is why I resent having to stand after receiving communion....I want to do what my mother did...and that was to kneel, folding your hands over your eyes and saying some quiet prayers to the Lord....

20 posted on 07/31/2014 7:39:51 PM PDT by cherry
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