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Offline BasilCan

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Priest's blessing
« on: April 12, 2007, 09:45:45 AM »
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Would someone be able to tell me what a priest says (or should say) when he blesses you outside the church? Let me explain. I occasionally see the priest of the parish I currently attend around town. When I see him, I cup my hand and ask for his blessing. He blesses me and mumbles something in Greek and then I kiss his hand. What is he saying in his "mumbled Greek" or what normally do priests say when they bless you?

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Re: Priest's blessing
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2007, 03:11:01 PM »
From my very slight research, it doesn't seem like they say anything, but make the sign of the cross on your hand. However, he is probably just saying, "Lord, bless your servant", or some other common phrase.

I've never had any experience, as our priest just wears khakis and a button down shirt when out of church, so we usually just shake hands. Plus, there's only about 5-10 devout people who kiss his hand when receiving the antidoron.
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Re: Priest's blessing
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2007, 09:00:10 PM »
So, I guess he may be saying "Come by my brother's restaurant for lunch sometime"

Come on - there has got to be some seminarians who can tell me what a priest does/should say we he blesses you outside the liturgy.

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Re: Priest's blessing
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2007, 06:21:13 AM »
He's saying "Where's the cash?"  ;D
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Re: Priest's blessing
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2007, 02:07:20 PM »
Come on - there has got to be some seminarians who can tell me what a priest does/should say we he blesses you outside the liturgy.

Basil

Typically, if someone asks a priest for a blessing, the priest will say "O Kyrios" or "Tou Kyriou" which means "The Lord" or "Of the Lord." In both cases, the point is that the Lord blesses us, or that blessings come from the Lord.

If your priest is a bit more formal or one who avoids shorthand, he might say the whole thing: "O Kyrios evlogei" or "O Kyrios va sas evlogei,"   i.e. "The Lord blesses" or "May the Lord bless you."
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Re: Priest's blessing
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2007, 12:50:03 AM »
In the serbian church they say "blessed is our God always now and forever and to the ages of ages amen" while doing the cross over the person.  I've seen other "slavic" priests do similar/same things. 
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Re: Priest's blessing
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2007, 08:42:28 AM »
Our Antiochian Priest who is a convert , trained in a Greek Orthodox Church and the Antiochian house of Studies uses the Serbian blessing noted above.  My ROCOR  pastors used the same in English.

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