Orthodox Mission – Hyde Park, Chicago

The Kiss of Peace

Saints Peter and Paul

Greet one another with a holy kiss.

(Romans 16:16, I Corinthians 16:20; II Corinthians 13:12; 1 Peter 5:14)

In the Early Church, the holy kiss was a common practice among Christians.

Immediately before the Eucharistic Offering we exchange the Kiss of Peace.  Following the Russian tradition, we greet one another with three kisses on alternating cheeks (though on occasion you may exchange the kiss with someone from the Greek or Syrian traditions where two kisses are the norm).

Kissing in church is not a common feature of most Christian worship in North America.  However, we have intentionally revived this tradition in recognition of the traditions represented in our congregation.  But if you’re not comfortable with kissing, a handshake will work just fine.