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« on: December 12, 2006, 05:04:50 PM »

For you Greek buffs out there:

I am planning a pilgrimage to the local Greek Orthodox monastery.  I know the basics of how to ask for a blessing:  "Father, bless"...then kiss the hand, etc...

However, I would like to know how to address the monks in their own language. How do you ask for a blessing from the hieromonks using Greek? Something like "Evlogeite"...or "Evloghison"... Which is the proper term?

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2006, 05:17:36 PM »

In general, most of the monks speak english, greek, or a mix of both. Perhaps the elderly monks might not know english, but thats not always true.

It's usually plain old "evlogite" but you can always say "evlogite pater" or "m'evlogite pater" (bless father/ bless me father).

The other monks are also adressed as father and not brother.
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2006, 05:30:14 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2006, 07:53:18 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2006, 07:56:19 AM »

just say "evlogeite"

and they usually reply "o kurios" which means "the lord"
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2006, 09:16:59 AM »

"Evlogeite" (bless) gets the response "O Kyrios" (the Lord), which is short for "O Kyrios evlogei" (The Lord blesses) - saying that the blessing doesn't come from them, but from God, and they ask God to bless you.
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2006, 11:54:30 AM »

Got it.  Out of curiousity, what does "Evloghison" mean then? 
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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2006, 12:01:07 PM »

Got it.  Out of curiousity, what does "Evloghison" mean then? 

Basically the same thing. It's just proper ancient Greek (aorist imperative) versus modern Greek.
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2006, 02:26:46 PM »

FYI....I'm pretty sure you don't kiss a monk's hand.  Only if they are an actual ordained priest. 
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2006, 02:50:46 PM »

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I'm pretty sure you don't kiss a monk's hand.  Only if they are an actual ordained priest.

Very true. I learnt that the hard way (ie. the awkward and embarrassing way). Grin
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