I thought it would be best to open a new topic on this.
Many people i've met so far are quite perplexed over why we Copts kiss the priest's hand. Why?
Do they do this in the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church??
I know that in the RC, they just shake hands.
Anyway, everyone tells me that it is because their hand touches the Body of Christ. But our mouths touch it also. So, what?
Are we allowed to just shake hands or kiss the cross in their hand only?
Also, I have another question:
I know a Guzzillions of Priests who refuse that anyone should kiss their hand. They remove it. They only let you kiss the cross.
So, it is not mandatory to kiss their hand. I mean, it is not a stipulation.
Why on earth do we act that their hands are holier than our mouths ???