When the church was under siege, the ritual of passing the peace was important to members who were meeting in secret and literally holding on to one another for dear life. Today itâ€™s meant to serve an important function in worship.
But I have come to dread this part of the service. I have visited two small congregations several times lately. Both include the passing of the peace. The presiding clergyperson invites worshipers to greet one another with a handshake and the words â€śPeace be with you.â€ť (Why donâ€™t we say, â€śThe peace of Christ be with youâ€ť? We donâ€™t mean the generic 1960s peace that was communicated with a V sign.)
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