[quote=stmaria]In the Novus Ordo the sign of peace occurs after the Consecration. In other words while Jesus is hanging on the cross everyone turns their attention away from Him and instead begins shaking hands, hugging, talking to each other.
In the Traditional Mass there is no sign of peace. After the Consecration while Jesus is suffering on the cross, the faithful remain kneeling in silence, praying, preparing themselves to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
There is a Kiss of Peace in a Solemn High Mass however…
In the Traditional Mass (I am looking at a Fr. Lasance Missal from 1945 vintage), after the Agnus Dei, the following prayer is said (except in Masses for the dead):
Domine Jesu Christe, qui dixisti Apostolis tuis: Pacem relinquo vobis, pacem meam do vois: ne respicias peccata mea, sed fidem Ecclesiae tuae: eamque secundum voluntatem tuam pacificare et coadunare digneris: Qui vivis et regnas Deus per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen. 1
O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity according to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 1
1 At Solemn High Mass the Kiss of Peace is given. During the previous prayer the deacon has been kneeling at the right of the priest: he now rises, and both he and the priest kiss the altar. Formerly, the priest kissed the Blessed Sacrament itself. The deacon by an inclination salutes the priest, who places his hands upon the shoulders of the deacon, bends forward over his right shoulder, and says, “Pax tecum” – “Peace be to thee”, the deacon replies, “Et cum spiritu tuo” and after having saluted the priest by an inclination, which is acknowledged in like manner, he imparts the kiss of peace to the subdeacon in the manner in which he himself received it.