A post titled How to avoid the Kiss of Peace!
I believe that 100% of the orthodox will run a hundred miles rather than have to shake hands with their pew neighbour, I certainly would. I find it disruptive right at a stage of the Mass that is critical, the few seconds remaining in which to compose one's soul before receiving Holy Communion.
And, if only it were a handshake; now it has become an embrace, a hug and even a kiss on the cheek type of thing - not at all British! And, despite guidance from the Pope, some priests still insist on going round to every member of the congregation, shaking hands and laughing like they've just won the box of mixed fruit at the Christmas Bazaar.
Damian's comments box reveals some interesting options. There's Annie who is all for a
I shall try it when I next attend an OF Mass (some years hence).
We are in the throes of a swine flu epidemic and just saying "How" removes that germ spreading human contact bit. It is also quite funny.
At Latin Masses we could have a two fingered salute whilst uttering "Pax" - I see nothing funny in that?
|Kiss of Peace Maori style|
Or, we could adopt the peace sign of the Kikuyu tribe and slit the throats of a few chickens. The possibilities are endless.
But, wait just one minuto! I have the answer!
Only attend EF Masses then you won't have to give it. Simple.