Archbishop Ranjith: keep homilies short and end Communion by hand

A priest once told me that, when he was ordained, his father gave him the following advice: “The first five minutes are God’s; the second five minutes are yours; anything after that is the Devil’s.”
Well, apparently Archbishop Albert Ranjith, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, agrees, as he is calling for new norms that priests and deacons must keep homilies under 10 minutes!

Plus, as he and Pope Benedict have stated several times, they are “reviewing” Communion by the hand.

But according to Ranjith the practice was “illegally and hastily introduced
by certain elements of the Church immediately after the Council”.

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