One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ceremonial kiss given or exchanged as a sign of unity, especially during the Christian Eucharist.
- ‘The East appears to have given up the general kiss of peace still earlier.’
- ‘In the choir, he received the monks one by one and gave each the kiss of peace.’
- ‘Before the kiss of peace, Mendenhall encouraged the gathered to ‘hug the work of art that is sitting next to you.’’
- ‘The Christians in attendance offered those in their particular order a kiss of peace with the words ‘Christ is in our midst.’’
- ‘The bestowal of peace upon the disciples may also echo a feature of the liturgy, the greeting or kiss of peace - a feature of the liturgy from the earliest times.’
- ‘The Pope then beckoned and kissed them all, before then inviting the congregation to exchange the kiss of peace with their neighbours.’
- ‘For all its traditional trappings, the kiss of peace always seemed more like an experimental hippie-inspired add-on to the Mass, up there with guitars and liturgical ‘dance’.’
- ‘In addition the Orthodox Liturgy links the kiss of peace with the profession of faith, the Creed.’
- ‘In the primitive church at Rome and in the Eastern Church, the kiss of peace was offered after the first part of the Mass and before the Eucharistic Prayer.’
- ‘If judges and similar high officials have to stay apart, neither should the ordained join the people, either when preaching to them or to exchange the kiss of peace.’
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