Vincent Word Studies - 2 Corinthians 13:12 - 13:12

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Vincent Word Studies - 2 Corinthians 13:12 - 13:12


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Kiss

In 1Pe 1:14, called the kiss of charity. The practice was maintained chiefly at the celebration of the Eucharist. In the “Apostolic Constitutions” it is enjoined that, before the communion, the clergy kiss the bishop, the laymen amongst each other, and so the women. This latter injunction grew out of the reproach of looseness of manners circulated by the heathen against the Christians. On Good Friday it was omitted in commemoration of Judas' kiss. In the West the practice survives among the Glassites or Sandemanians. In the Latin Church, after the end of the thirteenth century, there was substituted for it a piece of the altar furniture called a Pax (peace), which was given to the deacon with the words Peace to thee and to the Church. In the East it is continued in the Coptic and Russian Churches.