Reasons Catholic Priests kiss the Altar at Mass explained

Catholic Priests
Catholic Priests

In a Catholic online class, a devout Catholic, Augustine Kelechi has taken his time to explain the reasons why Catholic priests kiss the altar during Mass seeing that a lot of people have questions about that.

He explained that It is clear that from the earliest times a kiss was not only a token of love, but also under certain circumstances a symbol of profound respect.

It is in accordance with this symbolism, so universally understood and practiced, that the Church enjoins the kissing of many holy objects, e.g. relics, the book of the Gospels, the cross, blessed palms, candles, the hands of the clergy and nearly all the utensils and vestments connected with the liturgy.

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Speaking further to the issue, He said “Every time a priest kisses or reverences the altar, he does so in order to honor the altar of sacrifice (which represents Christ) where the miracle of the Eucharist occurs. The kiss also signifies the union of the Spouse (Christ) and his Bride (the Church). Another reason, deeply rooted in ancient Christian tradition, is to reverence the relics of the saint or martyr placed within the altar itself.”

He concluded by saying that when a priest kisses the altar, he is revering the person of Christ, which the altar represents, and is also, even if they are not present, continuing the ancient tradition of honoring the great and heroic sacrifice of the martyrs.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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