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What is the purpose of the Peace and how long should it last?

13 March 2020

Write, if you any answers to the questions listed at the end of this section, or to add to the answers given below.


What is the purpose of exchanging “The Peace”? How long should it last? 

Your answers: The purpose of exchanging the peace is as an act of reconciliation after the prayer of confession and absolution. There is no need to cavort around the church like rush hour at Charing Cross, but a simple greeting with the person next to you.

Peter Walker
Ashburnham, East Sussex 

The purpose of the Peace is to see how many people you can shake hands with before the Vicar calls “time” by announcing the offertory hymn.

Dennis Abbott (Reader)
Stone, Staffordshire


Your question: Why are retired clergy with per­mission to officiate excluding from voting in elections to the General Synod? D. J.


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