From a reader:
I went to Mass yesterday at the hospital chapel for the Assumption. I was announced that the celebrating priest would be late as he had morning mass in a town about 20 miles to the south. “No biggie” I thought.” The Hospital chapel is always quiet with hardly any chit chat before Mass. I appreciated the extra minutes of sacred silence to pray or silently sign a hymn.
Father arrived an apologized. Knowing people had only half an hour lunch and that the chapel was full for the Holy Day, he said quick Homily (less than two minutes) on The Blessed Virgin. Then during the Communion Rite, he wished us Peace and went right to the Agnus Dei. To save time he skipped the sign of peace!
Here is what struck me: I immediately noticed how seamless the Communion Rite felt without the interruption of glad-handing among the congregation. The noise and movement didn’t break up the Mass like a rain delay at a ball game.
The sign of peace is one of the things about the Novus Ordo that annoys me the most.
Do you remember that poll I posted some time ago? I’ll re-post it: new poll, but with same questions.