From a reader…
Just when you have just about seen it all.
Went to mass in small town.
• All altar girls
• Processing the servers, choir, emhc’s, lectionary, etc.
• Alb and stole only for the priest (it was a hot day)
But then the purification of the fingers for the EMHC…
You can guess what is under the cloth…
The doily covering is cute in an old-lady sort of way.
Yah, okay. Well… not much to see here, I think.
I admit that, a couple times, when I had a bad cold, I – as celebrant – used some of that sanitizer goo from a little bottle before distributing Communion.
This seems to respond to paranoia about germs. It’s tacky, but it isn’t a liturgical abuse. The liturgical abuse was the lack of proper vestments.
Before the priest vests for Mass, indeed before servers vest, they should wash their hands and recite the prayer:
Da, Domine, virtutem manibus meis ad abstergendam omnem maculam immundam; ut sine pollutione mentis et corporis valeam tibi servire.
Give strength to my hands, Lord, to wipe away every stain, so that without impurity of mind and body I may be able to serve you.
Perhaps with sanitizer, this could be modified to say:
Da Domine virtutem squirt manibus meis ad abstergendam omnem maculam et cimicem immundam, ut sine contagio mentis et corporis valeam tibi servire.
If the ✠is the rubrical typographical symbol for making the sign of the Cross, what would indicate the pressing of the sanitizer squirt button? Perhaps !?