As our Conventual Mass is often a missa cantata, we have employed the medieval practice of the use of the pax-brede (instrumentum pacis, pax, baiser de paix) for some time. The priest kisses the pax-brede at the same time he would give the pax to the deacon in a missa solemnis and the MC carries the pax-brede to those in choir and those assisting to communicate the pax to them. (One may find the current rules for the use of the pax-brede in the usus antiquior of the Roman rite in J.B. O’Connell’s The Celebration of Mass, 1964 edn. pp. 430-31).
It seemed natural to the community, therefore, to seek to have a pax-brede made incorporating Daniel Mitsui’s truly beautiful work. Thanks to some kind and generous benefactors, this became possible and our new bronze silver-gilt 14cm diameter instrumentum pacis arrived in time to be blessed for and used at the Masses of Christmas – a wonderful gift indeed, giving glory to Almighty God and edification to the brethren who by means of it receive His Peace even amidst the thorns that abound this world.