|The Kiss of Peace|
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Earlier in the week, Tiffany had sent me a text, asking me if it were true that Hostess Twinkies were coming back. I said yes but it wouldn't result in a job for me. I must have remarked about Twinkies - although delicious, weren't good for you anyway, because she sent me a text back which said, O Most holy Theotokos, save our waistline. So you know when we got to that part in Vespers, that is what came to mind. I haven't decided if it were the devil trying to distract me or some less devious power trying to help me laugh a little.☺ In any case, I made sure to thank Tiffany after Vespers.
Fr. Gary was away last week in Indianapolis. He said in his homily how even though we are all One Church, different parishes do things a bit different. Local customs, if you will. One such custom was during the kiss of peace in the Indianapolis parish, the entire congregation and not just the clergy, exchanged the kiss of peace. He said, it seemed like Liturgy stopped for a while so that all could greet each other. This used to happen to me when I was in a Lutheran parish (for ten years.) The Pastor would have a bit of difficulty reigning everyone back in. I think I like the way the Roman Catholics do it. They shake hands with their immediate pew mates and say, Peace be with You and it's not much of a distraction and the liturgy resumes. Of course, I would conform to the local customs of any parish I was in. How about you guys? Do you all exchange the Kiss of peace?
As I was leaving, Jim Martin joked that there was a pool to see when I'd turn Orthodox. He said his vote was never so could I please hurry up and die so he could collect his money. Don't worry, he smiled when he said it and Jim and I go back a long way so I was in no way offended! One thing is for sure, I hope and pray that Jim never wins that pool!