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Monday, March 11, 2013


Laetare Sunday
at the kiss of peace
I hug my wife

Laetare Sunday occurs halfway through Lent; it was observed yesterday, March 10. "Laetare" may be translated "Rejoice!" The kiss of peace is a point at which worshippers wish one another the peace of Christ. The "kiss" is usually a handshake or something of the sort. But those in more intimate relationships – married couples, family members, close friends, etc. – may actually kiss. 

I posted this yesterday as a comment at Gillena's blog.


Blogger polona said...

i'm not initiated but this is actually the first time i hear of this ritual.
an intimate moment well captured

12:09 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Polona. The kiss of peace is ancient in its origins, but it formally became part of the Roman Catholic Mass after Vatican II.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Magyar said...

I see:

hand in hand
across the breakfast tables
traded wishes


7:39 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

A good haiku about a good moment ! Rejoice !

11:21 AM  
Blogger Iris said...

this is interesting, Bill; we call it the sign of peace and it is indeed usually a hand shake or a head nod :)

11:59 AM  

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