Peace Is

Priest: Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live for ever and ever. All: Amen.

Priest: The Peace of the Lord be with you always.

All: And also with you.

Deacon or Priest: Let us offer each other a sign of peace.

*** I wandered into mass a confused fourth grade Baptist with a virgin nose to incense. It was a daunting place with unusual rituals—holy water, genuflecting, cross-signing. The other fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Overton, was Baptist too so she sat by me and explained the mass as it unfolded. With all of the sitting, standing, and kneeling, I remember thinking it much like a game of musical chairs except that no one was out when the music stopped. And if there wasn’t room for everyone at the Eucharist table, there was plenty of room at the table of peace.

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