08 December 2008

Pax vobiscum

One of those silly, jumbly kid memories I have is thinking that the Communion hosts were called "peace." I arrived at this conclusion by conflating the two facts available to me, as kids will to make sense of things that haven't been explained to them: that they were "pieces" of bread, and that the pastor held one up and said, "The Peace of the Lord be with you always" right before everyone went up to get one. I couldn't have been more than four when I thought this, since we moved from the church in which I remember thinking it after that.

How precious a misperception. Even now, when I see a host, the word that reflexively comes to my mind is "peace." I hope many other English-speaking children are confused into the same clarity.

8 comments:

Sam said...

I didn't have that same misconception... but...

My pastors growing up always spoke so reverently about what went on in the service and referred often to the "Body and Blood of Christ." When I was little I thought there was an actual body (like arms and legs) under the veil on one side of the altar.

Dakotapam said...

I grew up thinking God's name was Art. (Some days I miss that old hymnal and pages 5 and 15!)

Joy said...

Here's mine:

"But for us fights the Valiant One, who got Himself elected."

:D

Joy said...

Oh yes, and Pontius Pilot.

Reb. Mary said...

"Peace": A lovely reflex!

My favorite jumble: Someone I know who, as a boy, couldn't figure out why people were confessing their sins if they were "hardly sorry" for them :)

Rebekah said...

Hee hee!

Kelly said...

I grew up in Reformed churches that use "debts and debtors" in the Lord's Prayer. When we said the Lord's Prayer every day in my LCMS kindergarten class I simply could not understand why we were praying for the trashpassers!

Benjamin Ulledalen said...

"With Evangelicals proclaim/Christ is born in Bethlehem."