kiss of peace


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kiss of peace

n.
A ceremonial gesture, such as a kiss or handclasp, used as a sign of love and union in some Christian churches during celebration of the Eucharist.

kiss′ of peace′


n.
a ceremonial greeting or embrace given as a token of Christian love and unity.
[1895–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kiss of peace - (Roman Catholic Church) a greeting signifying Christian love for those assisting at the Eucharist
greeting, salutation - (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
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Shall that not satisfy you, and will you not greet me kindly and with a kiss of peace, who have come from far to be your sister, Zinita?
Upon this occasion the Irish chieftains contended which should first offer to the young Prince their loyal homage and the kiss of peace.
The kiss of peace," says the shepherd; and then he kissed the women all round, and ven he'd done, the man vith the red nose began.
On the other hand, at the kiss of peace you'll see handshakes and even hugs.
who suggested that divine providence had spared Waugh from the Kiss of Peace promulgated one week after his death on Easter Sunday 1966.
I went to church for the kiss of peace right before communion when I always kissed the boys on the cheek or the top of the head and I smiled and shook the hands of the strangers near me.
Here are to be discovered the meanings and uses of long-lost liturgical objects: the pyx, or locked box containing the host; the pax, or silver plate kissed by parishioners at mass as a ritual stand-in for the early christian kiss of peace, and the paten, the inverted silver dish covering the chalice of holy wine upon which consecrated bread was offered to communicants.
The Archbishop and the Postulator of the Cause of Blessed John Henry Newman received the kiss of peace from the Pope.
Jacques Lusseyran, a Frenchman who survived the Buchenwald concentration camp, says he learned "that poetry is an act, an incantation, a kiss of peace, a medicine .
Communion and the kiss of peace themselves symbolize the capacity of sworn friendship to bring about reconciliation and make peace in a wider social and familial context.
It is in order to reconcile earth with Heaven, that Thou abases Thyself down to it, as if to give it the kiss of peace.
That profile is repeated in The Dream and The Angel at the Sepulchre of 1869, together with a younger girl in The Kiss of Peace of the same year, and in The Angel at the Tomb of 1870, with its deranged flood of disarranged hair.