Although exchanging the sign of peace at Holy Mass was discontinued when the pandemic struck, its restoration has been delayed for another reason. In the recent issue of Parable, Bishop Libasci explains that a clearer and theological understanding of the rite is needed by the faithful of the Diocese. He writes, “We’re not just saying, ‘Hi.’ We are really supposed to be ratifying our belief in the new creation we have become and the new creation standing before us: God’s children adopted through baptism and saved for eternal life.  As soon as we can get this message out and rediscover the true meaning, we’ll let you know when and how best to offer the sign of peace.”