When the first public Masses in months are celebrated in the Archdiocese of Vancouver this weekend, there will be some notable differences, among them the prevalent use of hand sanitizer and hand washing.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller released liturgical guidelines May 21 for the public celebration of Mass, one week after announcing some churches could celebrate public Masses with a maximum of 50 people as early as May 23-24.

During the reopening period, Masses will have a conspicuous emphasis on hygiene, with priests and ministers in the sacristy required to wash their hands before Mass, wash or sanitize before Communion, and sanitize after distributing Communion, according to the guidelines.

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