The Boston Globe reports today that the Archdiocese of Boston is resuming key parts of its liturgy -- namely the sign of peace, and sharing of a common chalice -- that had been suspended during the second wave of the H1N1 flu pandemic here in Massachusetts. This will be a welcome return to the familiar for many Catholics.
It's been awkward giving the "nod of peace" these past several months. Of course, there were always folks who continued to offer their hand at the appropriate time, and it made you wonder; are they doing this out of protest, or haven't they been to church in a while?
The bigger question at this point is; are we out of the woods completely with H1N1, or will we see another wave? As you can see from the graphic below from MDPH, we often see a spike in cases in February with seasonal influenza. It's anyone's guess as to whether H1N1 will act the same way.