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#1 Sbdn. Peter Simko

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 02:53 PM

Hello friends,

I have a merely curious question.  Does anyone know about the history of blessing the people with the aër and why this is only prevalent in certain traditions?  I have noticed this only at some of the Liturgies I have been to in Antiochian and Greek parishes.  Thank you as always.



#2 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 04:37 PM

Never heard of this.



#3 Ben Johnson

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 08:02 AM

I have not seen it at our parish. :unsure:



#4 Olga

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 10:42 AM

I've never seen it in either Greek or Russian/Slavic parishes.



#5 Brian Rowlands

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 02:30 PM

Try youtube.com - search for  080512 Divine Liturgy (at about 34 minutes) or Sunday of Pentecost 2012 06-03 Greek Orthodox Liturgy Assumption Chicago (at about 1 hour into the video).   It was 'standard' practice in many Greek churches in London (UK) in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

 



#6 Anthony Cornett

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 11:13 PM

Brian, fanning the aer over the chalice & diskos during the Creed is not the same thing as what the original poster is inquiring about, right? This is quite standard practice, otherwise.


Edited by Anthony Cornett, 10 November 2014 - 11:14 PM.


#7 Brian Rowlands

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 12:51 AM

No, it is quite a different matter.    Perhaps a few moments watching the relevant parts of the video clips will make this abundantly clear.



#8 Anthony Cornett

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:06 AM

Oh wow, I have never seen this before. If any object is used in the blessing, the priest will typically grab the blessing cross at this moment, in my experience. 



#9 Sbdn. Peter Simko

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 02:10 PM

My pastor, formerly of ACROD and now in the OCA, said that he had only seen this done by bishops before, but not by presbyters.  Still not sure how this came about or if there is anything different about this blessing symbolically than blessing with the Cross.



#10 Anthony Cornett

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:12 PM

I see the practice mentioned as taking place in 'some traditions' in the 'Aër' entry on Wikipedia, but it doesn't include a source, unfortunately. http://en.wikipedia....#Divine_Liturgy



#11 Phoebe K.

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 02:48 PM

Hi all,

 

I finally had a chance to ask my Priest about this, it is apparently common practice in parts of the Greek church and much of the Romanian church.  His explanation was that it is mostly practical as the Priest has just blessed the gifts with the aër, and he then blessed the people with it before putting it down.  My Priest has done it with the Cross or with his hand however I get the impression he found it rushed to put the aër down before turning round.

 

My Priest dose not know when it started as a practice, but views it as a purely practical thing with no specific theology attached.  He thinks it is most likely one Priest started doing it and others copied him.

 

Phoebe







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