Friday, November 21, 2008

Pope pondering change to Mass liturgy

This is interesting. The Vatican may change the placement of the sign of peace. Here is the AP story:

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A high-ranking Vatican official says Pope Benedict XVI is considering introducing a change to the Mass liturgy.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, who heads the Vatican office for sacraments, says the pope may move the placement of the sign of peace, where congregation members shake hands or hug.

Arinze told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano in an interview published Friday that the pope has asked bishops to express their opinions and will then decide.

Under the change, the sign of peace, which now takes place moments before the reception of communion, would come earlier. Arinze said the change might help create a more solemn atmosphere as the faithful are preparing to receive communion.

3 comments:

Jeff Miller said...

I hope this happens. I would certainly like to see a more solemn sign of peace instead of the hand grabbing that goes on too long and disrupts the flow of the Mass.

Jackie Parkes said...

I know a very holy priest who does this after the bidding prayers I think it is...so much better as just before Holy Communion particularly for children is very disturbing of the reverence shown ...

Jackie Parkes said...

Also we should only turn to the persons next to us..