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Offline quietmorning

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"Father bless."
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:20:06 AM »
Mods, please feel free to move if this should go somewhere else. :)

I've seen someone ask for a blessing from their Priest one time in the last year and a half.  It seemed to me that the request was not only asking for a blessing but a show of respect to the Priest. 

Could someone please go into this and explain what to do, when to do and why this is done?  I've never seen anyone do this in my parish - for the priest over our flock. . .is this just for visiting priests?

Thanks!
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Re: "Father bless."
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2011, 09:23:37 AM »
Mods, please feel free to move if this should go somewhere else. :)

I've seen someone ask for a blessing from their Priest one time in the last year and a half.  It seemed to me that the request was not only asking for a blessing but a show of respect to the Priest. 

Could someone please go into this and explain what to do, when to do and why this is done?  I've never seen anyone do this in my parish - for the priest over our flock. . .is this just for visiting priests?

Thanks!
All you do is put the back of your right hand on your left palm, make a slight bow, and say father bless. He will bless you and then place his right hand into your right hand for you to kiss.

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Re: "Father bless."
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2011, 09:36:16 AM »
Mods, please feel free to move if this should go somewhere else. :)

I've seen someone ask for a blessing from their Priest one time in the last year and a half.  It seemed to me that the request was not only asking for a blessing but a show of respect to the Priest.  

Could someone please go into this and explain what to do, when to do and why this is done?  I've never seen anyone do this in my parish - for the priest over our flock. . .is this just for visiting priests?

Thanks!
All you do is put the back of your right hand on your left palm, make a slight bow, and say father bless. He will bless you and then place his right hand into your right hand for you to kiss.



Ack!! I have to hurry with this... but thank you!! Is there a specific time or reason when this should be done?  Am I NOT supposed to ask for a blessing from my priest?  (Sometimes I really need/want one!) Are there times when it is NOT appropriate to ask for a blessing?  Is this also a show of respect? 

kk.. .running off to get ready to work. . .thank you again!
« Last Edit: February 21, 2011, 09:38:54 AM by quietmorning »
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Re: "Father bless."
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2011, 09:43:49 AM »
I do it when I am meeting him for the first time (entering his presence) and also when I leave (leaving his presence). It's a show of respect, for his hands hold the Body of Christ.

In its usage, it basically replaces the handshake (though I know several priests who would rather shake hands then give a blessing.)

But if a bishop is present, only ask the bishop's blessing!
« Last Edit: February 21, 2011, 09:46:36 AM by bogdan »

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Re: "Father bless."
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2011, 03:22:29 PM »
If he is wearing a cassock and a cross, I ask for his blessing.

If he is wearing  a cassock and no cross, I shake his hand unless I know he is a priest.

If he is wearing a white collar, I avoid him unless he is my father, in which case I hug him.
I would be happy to agree with you, but then both of us would be wrong.

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Re: "Father bless."
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2011, 03:27:41 PM »
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I do it when I am meeting him for the first time (entering his presence) and also when I leave (leaving his presence). It's a show of respect, for his hands hold the Body of Christ.
This is correct, and the norm in my parish.

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Re: "Father bless."
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2011, 04:47:27 PM »
If he is wearing a cassock and a cross, I ask for his blessing.

If he is wearing  a cassock and no cross, I shake his hand unless I know he is a priest.

If he is wearing a white collar, I avoid him unless he is my father, in which case I hug him.

If he's wearing a t-shirt and shorts, I pretend he's wearing a cassock, ask for his blessing, and then pray that God would help him.
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Re: "Father bless."
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2011, 05:04:29 PM »
Actually, I wondered about this.  My priest said that it was OK to shake hands when he is "out of uniform".  At first I found it difficult to not ask for a blessing from a person known to me to be an Orthodox priest, but I have become used to it.

If he is wearing a cassock and a cross, I ask for his blessing.

If he is wearing  a cassock and no cross, I shake his hand unless I know he is a priest.

If he is wearing a white collar, I avoid him unless he is my father, in which case I hug him.

If he's wearing a t-shirt and shorts, I pretend he's wearing a cassock, ask for his blessing, and then pray that God would help him.
I would be happy to agree with you, but then both of us would be wrong.

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Re: "Father bless."
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2011, 09:52:59 PM »
If he is wearing a cassock and a cross, I ask for his blessing.

If he is wearing  a cassock and no cross, I shake his hand unless I know he is a priest.

If he is wearing a white collar, I avoid him unless he is my father, in which case I hug him.

If he's wearing a t-shirt and shorts, I pretend he's wearing a cassock, ask for his blessing, and then pray that God would help him.


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