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« on: January 01, 2013, 11:32:12 PM »

Does your church have a "blessing of the waters" during Holy Theophany Liturgy where you get to take Holy Water home in a bottle?  Does your priest make a visit to your homes to bless them?  Both are coming up in my church and I think it's great!  Is this just a Russian thing ?
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2013, 11:56:34 PM »

Does your church have a "blessing of the waters" during Holy Theophany Liturgy where you get to take Holy Water home in a bottle?  Does your priest make a visit to your homes to bless them?  Both are coming up in my church and I think it's great!  Is this just a Russian Orthodox thing ?

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2013, 12:06:37 AM »

We do these thngs too.
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2013, 01:23:14 AM »

Yes, the Greek Orthodox do.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2013, 01:47:49 AM »

Yes, the Greek Orthodox do.
... sometimes I wonder if there's a list of what's common between major Orthodox churches and what's different.  I realize this could probably take several volumes to be exhaustive but just a one or two page summary would be interesting.  Is there such a thing somewhere?
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013, 01:51:41 AM »

This is actually an ancient practice that goes back to the Early Church. All churches do this, Oriental and Eastern.
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2013, 07:42:18 AM »

Even Roman Catholics have all these things (well, except blessing of the waters on Epiphany, the don't do it even for the feast of Christ's baptism which is on the first Sunday after the Epiphany which according to them is the adoration of Magis; they use water which is being blessed several times during the year).

I know that there are only some differences in the text of the service of waters' blessing between Greeks and Slavs (or maybe only Russians, I don't know exactly)
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2013, 07:47:08 AM »

My experience is that the priest will come bless the house if you invite him (Athens is a very big place, where visiting everyone would take forever, and over here we're few and far between, which would take even longer) but the rest stands. I'm looking forward to this year having the blessing on the day itself; if Epiphany doesn't fall on a Sunday, the service is held on the Sunday after.
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