Say a priest wants to keep Mass a little shorter since it’s summer time. Should he 1) opt for Eucharistic Prayer II over, say, Eucharistic Prayer III, thus saving about a minute (see this chart showing the relative time it takes to say each of the Eucharistic Prayers), or 2) shave a minute off the sign of peace (which usually takes about two-to-three minutes–it’s a friendly place)? Does the choice you make (and, for the sake of argument, pretend that you have to choose) say something about your Eucharistic theology, your view of the primary mode of Christ’s presence in the liturgy, etc.?

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