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To: Mrs. Don-o
"As for the handshake: that just serves as a distraction"

I agree!! I love my parish but would rather shake hands OUTSIDE, AFTER Mass! Too much chatting goes along with the handshake break! And don't chat until you get OUTSIDE! There is such a din as soon as the priest leaves the altar. Oh, to be blessed with SILENCE!
8 posted on 02/14/2020 5:00:58 AM PST by NewCenturions
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To: NewCenturions; Mrs. Don-o
This is part of the reason why I like the TLM: it avoids the sometimes circus of people walking from pew to pew, shaking hands lime it was a political rally. But I've been to NO masses (notably in NYC where Fr George Rutler of EWTN fame) where the sign of peace is skipped entirely - it was wonderful! I could focus on God and not whether or not some stranger thought I was a Bad Person for not shaking their hand.

The key sentence in the article is this one-

Dr Brendan McCarthy, the church's health adviser, did not give any drastic new rules but used the coronavirus outbreak as a serious reminder to be hygienic.

So there it is...the Church of England decides to take the annual influenza-induced reminder to be hygienic at church, and sensationalize the situation.

10 posted on 02/14/2020 5:16:01 AM PST by DoodleBob (Gravity's waiting period is about 9.8 m/s^2)
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