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Well, Happy Thursday in the Easter Octave to all you crazy cats! He is Risen!

Today, I’d like to share some news (not really new because it’s Old School!) about the Kiss of Peace (or “sign of peace” as most people call it).

I’ve heard complaints about “sign of peace” to our brothers and sisters in the New Mass as a distraction taking away focus from the amazing miracle of Jesus being physically present to us on the altar. I can understand this even from popular secular books and podcasts making arguments for better work production when you’re not multitasking #hyperfocus. The main argument is it takes time to regroup and find where you were when you left off #lowerProductivity #putAwayYourPhoneWhileYou’reWorking

But today, I present to you, my friends, where the “sign of peace” took place back in the year 155. And you can find this in TODAY’S CURRENT Catechism of the Catholic Church in section 1345. There you will find St. Justin writing:

“When the reader has finished…we all rise together and offer prayers for ourselves…and for all others…when the prayers are concluded we exchange the kiss…then someone brings bread and a cup of water and wine mixed together to him who presides over the brethren…” -St. Justin

Boom. Mic drop.

There’s more awesomeness about the Old Mass, but blogs are supposed to be short and sweet #maybePeopleDon’tLikeBooksBecauseThey’reLong #butTheyStillReadShortArticlesAtLeast #tryingToBePositive

Until next time.
Going old school with the kissing,
Mike Panlilio

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