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Michael Raybeck wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is the use of the pall at Mass optional?
  • Is the kiss of the altar by the celebrant at the conclusion of Mass optional?

Thank you,


  { Is the use of the pall and the kiss of the altar by the celebrant at Mass optional? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:


The pall is a tool. It keeps the area flat to place the cloths and it keeps flies out of the wine during the consecration. (This actually happens a lot.)

If it is not needed, the priest doesn't have to use it. In the instruction, it mentions the pall as on the altar but the instructions never demand it's use.

The kiss of the altar is devotional. It is included in the instructions of the Mass so the priest should do it. It says, The priest venerates the altar with a kiss.

If he doesn't, it is wrong but this doesn't effect the validity of the Mass in any way.

Fr. Jonathan

Michael replied:

Thank you very much.

I'm somewhat inquisitive but I am not one to correct the clergy on rubrics.

Happy New Year,


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