Last month at all our St. Anne Masses, we reinstituted the use of patens. The altar server places it either under the hand or chin of the communicant.
I am not sure how accurately these altar servers would catch a falling Particle, or worse yet, Host if Our Blessed Eucharistic Lord were to fall. We have had numerous times that this has happened in the three years I have been here.
The only parish in our diocese that has used the paten at Holy Communion without ceasing since the Second Vatican Council is St. Joseph in Macon.
I am happy to recover this wonderful sacred tradition here at St. Anne's.
Does your parish used patens?????????
And now more on the Kiss/Sign/Hug of Peace:
In the early 1970's when I worked in downtown Augusta at a nationally known department store (Macy's but in Georgia called Davision's) I would often go to the Saturday night Vigil Mass at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity which was at 6:30 PM. Our store closed at 6 PM and I could literally walk there if I wanted, but drove.
The irony here is that little did I know in the early 70's that I would eventually become a priest and then be named pastor of this very same parish from 1991 to 2004!
At the Sign of Peace, the priest offered it to the deacon, the deacon to the altar servers and then the altar servers went to the end of each middle pew and offered it to the laity, who passed it down their pew.
At the time I did not know what to make of it since I had never seen it before done this way (keep in mind this was only two years since the 1969 Missal was promulgated.
Now I realize that it is a take on the Extraordinary Form's Solemn expression of the Kiss of Peace.
Has anyone ever experienced what I described happened in the early 70's in Augusta?