A question was received:
Dear Fr. Z,
I am an altar server at a TLM since last month. I read in a liturgical manual written by a priest of the FSSP that when the server handles the cruets to the priest, he should kiss them before and after receiving them back. So I began doing it. But recently I read that this is a pre-1962 practice. So should it be done?
After consulting Trimeloni, [US HERE – UK HERE] which is a reprint pertaining to the 1962 edition of the Missale Romanum, I confirmed (not that I needed to) that the server kisses things when giving them to and receiving them from the priest.
(p. 421 – #445.5) At the beginning of Mass the server kisses the hand and then the biretta. (The he goes and puts the Missale on the stand, etc.)
(p. 423 – #447.1) He kisses the cruet and gives it to the priest, and kisses it when receiving it back. Both wine and water cruets. He doesn’t kiss the priest’s hand.
(p. 424 – #448.5) At the end of Mass he kisses the biretta and gives it to the priest, kissing his hand as he does so. Be SURE, of course, to make sure the middle “point” of the biretta is offered to the priest’s hand.
If the priest saying the TLM would prefer that you not do this, don’t worry about it. But in 1962 that was the custom.