Sunday, June 13, 2010
Curmudgeophan's "12 Things" #6 - What to Kiss and When
When a Bishop is serving the Liturgy, just before the Great Entrance (the procession through the congregation with the chalice and bread) he stands at the table of preparation and finishes his prayers of commemoration. Everyone serving in the altar comes up to him, kisses his right shoulder and says their name, the Bishop prays for them and then they line up in their place for the procession.
The clergy and altar servers were lining up and kissing the Bishop's shoulder. The youngest altar server was a boy about 5. He walked up to the Bishop and without hesitation, because he couldn't kiss his shoulder, kissed him where he could reach... on the right cheek of his butt, then said his name and took his place in line. The Bishop looked over and smiled and said, "That boy is going to go far."