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This had been something that, for lack of better words, always made me grumpy in a "I do not want to shake your hand, I just want to focus on the miracle that just took place" kind of way.
I have resolved myself, however, to be more charitable to the other aspect of the Body of Christ present, the people worshiping with me.
I do not want to attempt to impart some sort of blessing upon another person as that is reserved for those with the Holy Orders.
Is there a standardized this to say, or say in response during the Sign of Peace?
It is part of the rite of the mass. It is to remind us that each of us is part of the one body of Christ and at that moment we are a single community of believers.
Attending mass is not a private worship, it is one of community and the entire community is participating in the miracle that just took place.
The GIRM puts it this way
Rite of Peace: e rite “by which the
Church entreats peace and unity for
herself and for the whole human family,
and the faithful express to each other
their ecclesial communion and mutual
charity before communicating in the
Sacrament” (GIRM, no. 82).
As we are sharing the peace of Christ just say "peace be with you."
The action is also scriptural
“Peace be with you” (Jn 20:19). See also Lk 24:36; Jn 14:27; 16:33; 20:21, 26. “Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Rom 16:16). See also 1 Cor 16:20; 2 Cor 13:12; 1 Thess 5:26; 1 Pt 5:14.