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THE KISS OF PEACE

 

Since early times, wherever Christians have gathered, they have greeted one another with “a holy kiss”. The Kiss of Peace, during the Badarak, is the holy kiss. It is a sign of our great love for Jesus.

Jesus wants us to live in peace with one another. We pass the Kiss of Peace.

DCN. “Greet one another with a holy kiss; and you who are not worthy to partake of this divine mystery go outside the doors and pray there.”

CHR. * “Christ is revealed among us; he who is God is here seated. The voice of peace has resounded, the holy greeting is commanded. The Church has become one soul, the kiss is given for a full bond. Enmity has been removed, and love is spread among us all. Now, O ministers, raise your voice, bless in one accord the united Godhead to whom the seraphim give praise.”

* The deacon brings the kiss of peace from the altar to the congregation and says: “Krisdos i mech mer haydnetsav” (Christ is revealed among us). The recipient answers: “Orhnyal eh haydnootyoonun Krisdosi” (Blessed is the revelation of Christ).