“Kiss of Peace” Becomes “Meaningful Eye Contact” to Protect Against Ebola

Precautions - Fort Worth Diocese

With Ebola now claiming more than 4,500 lives, the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas has taken steps to reduce exposure to potential Ebola cases in their parishes during liturgical celebrations.As of October 14, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OCHA and local governments have reported a total of 9,216 suspected cases.   The threat is real:  At a press conference October 14, the assistant director-general of the WHO reported that there … [Read more...]

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The Dalmatic Is Dramatic. But Where Did It Come From?

Priests wear chasubles.  Deacons wear dalmatics.My own husband is a deacon, so I already know that.  An awful lot of Catholics don't know, though, how to tell the difference between the liturgical attire for a priest and a deacon.Here's a big hint:  Sleeves!The chasuble, the outer garment worn by a priest during Mass, does not have sleeves.  The deacon's dalmatic is a matching garment, in the same liturgical color, but it has wide sleeves.This has been on my mind since I read thi … [Read more...]

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Handshakes, High Fives, Hugs and Kisses: The Sign of Peace, What It Means and Why It Sometimes Doesn’t Work

At one church in our archdiocese, the Sign of Peace is offered enthusiastically. Clandestine handshakes give way to effluous hugs, cheeky kisses, whispered greetings. Worshippers reach out, grasping one another's hands during the Our Father. United in joy and praise, they raise their clasped hands high as they say, “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.” These faithful Catholics welcome the opportunity to celebrate their unity and enjoy the casual friendships that a … [Read more...]

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