[quote="Angela77, post:1, topic:266663"]
Okay, so the Sign of Peace is definitely a nice sentiment. But I really don't enjoy shaking people's hands. Especially in the winter with cold and flu season. It would be one thing if it was AFTER taking the Eucharist, but it's not. So you watch someone sneeze, then s/he shakes your hand, and then you go up, get the Eucharist in your hands, and in goes the Body of Christ and all of your fellow parishioners' germs.
Does anyone else feel this way?
One of my favorite aspects of the EF low mass is kneeling at the Sanctus, adoring Him when the host and chalice is raised, and then praying in the presence of the body, blood, soul and divinity for His mercy, and His healing so that I may be a worthy vessel for Him when I receive. I've had some very profound praying experiences in those quiet moments. And I don't have to move or touch anyone during the entire time.
When I'm not in the mood to touch anyone at an OF mass, I simply look at them, sniffle and wave a bit, and say "Peace Be With You." I find a strategically timed nose blow helps with this strategy as well. I always receive on the tongue, OF or EF, from the priest who has washed his hands before the consecration, so the sacrament contamination thing is never really an issue for me (unless the priest touches my tongue with his fingers - ew!).