Posted by: celticanglican | August 10, 2014

…and Also with You!

The Kiss of Peace, similar to today's passing the Peace

The Kiss of Peace, similar to today’s passing the Peace

The Peace. It can be one of the nicest parts of the service for newcomers. Depending on the size of the church, this can consist of a few friendly handshakes with those closest to you or it can involve lots of hugs. Though the Peace can be exchanged right before communion, it’s more common to have it just before the Offertory.

This practice takes its inspiration from the Kiss of Peace that was exchanged during early Church services (see 1 Thessalonians 5:26). This was a common greeting during the time of Jesus. In keeping with more current customs, the greeting is more customarily a handshake, or possibly a hug if between family members or good friends.

When we “pass the peace”,  it’s more than a way of saying hi. It’s a way of demonstrating being at peace and harmony with each other before receiving Christ’s Body and Blood.

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