Well, I still think that the Lord protects the Eucharist so that sickness will not be spread, unless it is His will. I don’t mean that as a cop out, it’s just that I don’t have any other real answer, I guess. I mean, we can all pick up viruses from so many places (door knobs, office phones, standing in line or on the bus next to a sickie, etc).
[quote=ByzCath]How does the Mass change when the priest either omits the Kiss of Peace (which is optional anyways) or makes the statement (as was done at the Church I attended this past weekend) that you many just say “Peace be with you” and not shake hands.
Fortunately at my church we do not have the Kiss of Peace, but we do offer one another the Sign of Peace - the handshake. It just changes by making things different for the sake of an external circumstance.
[quote=ByzCath]How does the Mass change when the Chalice is not offered to the people? The fullness of Christ is found in the Bread, it is the Body and Blood, you do not need to recieve both.
I know that we don’t need to receive both, but in my short experience as a Catholic, both have always been offered, so to me it would seem…less full, I guess, to not be able to drink His blood.
These are only my opinions. I do understand people not wanting to get sick.