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Raising their hands at "The Lord's Prayer." Losing the handshake and embracing the person in the next seat at the sign of peace. In an extra act of reverence, bowing before receiving the Communion host.
And undoing a lifetime of tradition by not kneeling in prayer after Communion.
Instead, in a sign of the communal nature of the sacrament, worshippers will stand and sing until each person has received Communion.
American Catholics are about to experience major changes in the Communion rite as dioceses begin implementing updated General Instruction of the Roman Missal.
Bishop Anthony M. Pilla plans for the changes to be implemented in all of the diocese's 234 parishes by Nov. 30, the first Sunday of Advent.
The Rev. J-Glenn Murray, director of the diocesan Office for Pastoral Liturgy, said the changes will unsettle many Catholics, but the diocese hopes the uniform guidelines will help people in the pews have a richer experience of the sacrament.
"I think the current rite stresses presence and holiness in a very powerful manner," Murray said. "I think it's a vast improvement."
Bill White and Domenico Bettinelli say they aren't hugging anybody at Mass, thank you very much (though the Abercrombie & Fitch example raised by Bill White does make for an intriguing mental picture).