Opinion Letters

Saturday 23 June 2018

If you ban sign of peace, then outlaw hand shake in GAA as well

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan. Photo: John Power
Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan. Photo: John Power
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In the past few weeks, there have been different directives by bishops in Ireland in relation to the issue of some parishioners shaking hands as a 'sign of peace' at Mass during the serious outbreak of influenza.

What concerns me is that there appears to be an understanding that the sign of peace is now being omitted from the Mass, which should not be the case, and will lead to confusion across parishes and diocese.

The sign of peace is embedded into the Mass as: "…here follows the Rite of Peace, by which the Church entreats peace and unity for herself and for the whole human family, and the faithful express to each other their ecclesiastical communion and mutual charity before communicating in the Sacrament" (from the 'General Instruction of the Roman Missal').

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