𝐊𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞.
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
Hope you have the intellect to comprehend
A kiss is the touch or pressing of one’s lips against another person or an object.
Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely.
Depending on the culture and context,
a kiss can express sentiments of love, passion, romance, sexual affection, respect, greeting, friendship, and peace, among many others.
In some situations,
a kiss is a ritual, formal or symbolic gesture
indicating devotion, respect, tradition, or sacrament.
Kissing out of honor, respect, and even forgiveness is a tradition that is found in amongst all faiths and non-faiths.
The kissing of icons, painted images of Jesus and the saints, is the primary form of veneration in Orthodox Christianity (there are the true Christian, and the rest are cheap imitations)
Throughout history, a kiss has been a ritual, formal, symbolic, or social gesture indicating devotion, respect or greeting.
It appears as a ritual or symbol of religious devotion.
in the case of kissing a temple floor, or a religious book or icon.
Besides devotion, a kiss has also indicates respect.
In modern times the practice continues, as in the case of a bride and groom kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony or national leaders kissing each other in greeting, and in many other situations.
A kiss in a religious context is common.
In earlier periods of Christianity or Islam kissing became a ritual gesture, and is still treated as such in certain customs,
as when “kissing… relics, or a bishop’s ring.”
In Judaism, the kissing of the Torah scroll, a prayer book, and a prayer shawl is also common.
Jews also kiss the Mezuzah and touch the wailing wall.
Are they idol worshipers
In the early Church the baptized were kissed by the celebrant after the ceremony, and its use was even extended as a salute to saints and religious heroes.
Thus, Joseph kissed Jacob, and his disciples kissed Paul.
Joseph kissed his dead father, and the custom was retained in our civilization.
In the Roman Catholic Order of Mass, the bishop or priest celebrant bows and kisses the altar, reverencing it, upon arriving at the altar during the entrance procession before Mass and upon leaving at the recessional at the closing of Mass Veneration of the holy images is an ancient custom dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, and is still practiced today in Orthodox Christian worship.
Through veneration, Orthodox Christians show reverence for the people and the events depicted in the icon.