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 Post subject: EMHCs: washing of the hands ?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 6:23 pm 
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As a follow on to another thread about ritual in the Mass - I am an EMHC and always wash my hands in the bowl before going to assist the Priest.

However, most EMHCs do not do this.

Is there anything prescribed that I should be doing this or is it purely optional ?

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Nothing prescribed that I know.
I dip my fingers in the bowl after serving as An EMOHC to ensure there are no particles clinging to them. That's not prescribed either.

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Greetings,

I don't think there is a rite for this for emhc. However, at our church they all come in from the side, and just before they enter they each get a spurt of hand sanitizer. We began this during the flu season 2 years ago. It is not liturgical, but practical.

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I am not an EMHC but a sacristan. I do wash my hands before touching sacred vessels (sacra vasa, in Latin) and before the Mass. I have seen a deacon do the same thing.

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