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« on: July 10, 2013, 02:50:23 AM »

Is there any etiquette I should know about when I meet the Priest at the church I've been going to? Should I kiss his hand? That would be very awkward for me.
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2013, 03:34:38 AM »

Just be courteous and respectful. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2013, 04:19:26 AM »

Just be courteous and respectful. 

What about the whole hand kissing thing? When is that appropriate?
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2013, 04:54:57 AM »

Just be courteous and respectful. 

What about the whole hand kissing thing? When is that appropriate?
You should ask him when you chat.  I wouldn't worry about it right now.  I'm sure he isn't going to expect anything. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2013, 07:42:48 AM »

Just be courteous and respectful. 

What about the whole hand kissing thing? When is that appropriate?

Indeed, ask him.  But don't worry too much about it.  I have rarely seen it here in the USA outside of liturgical settings.  Indeed, most often the priests I've met have first extended their hands for a friendly handshake, or, in the case of priests long-known, a kiss on the cheek.  In Europe and elsewhere it is probably more formal.  Bishops are generally a different story!
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2013, 08:01:05 AM »

Dear Demian,

He's not going to expect it at all!  But I would call him "Father XXXX".  May your meeting be fruitful!

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2013, 07:59:14 PM »

Thanks for the responses!
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2013, 08:43:41 PM »

I've seen a lot of converts talk to a priest, shaking their hand and treating them like their palmigo from long back. It's fun to watch as they get more and more humble through the months as they learn more. If you ask, the priest will explain and show you how to get a blessing. Don't worry, he isn't going to kick you out of the Church or anything, he might chuckle a bit, not because he is laughing at you but mostly because a lot of priest in America are converts also and they might have gone through the same thing.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2013, 05:54:16 AM »

Just remember that he is a human like all other humans. However, he is meant to represent Christ, so even though by himself he is just a human like any other, we do have to show proper respect, or a certain kind of "spiritual immunity". Otherwise, The Church becomes a circus. Well, we should show everybody this kind of respect, but at least start with the priest. Smiley
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