I recently saw a comment by an American that the taking of a blessing from a priest or hierarch is by no means universal but is a 'Russification' of Orthodox practice. He said, 'in Greece one does not ask a blessing from a parish priest but only kisses his hand'; he adds that in his Carpatho-Russian parish the practice is unknown. He went on to say that others such as Antiochians who give blessings 'have Russified themselves'.
I find these comments odd but wonder if there is anything in them. This is in the context of my and some fellow parishioners this week having greeted the new Metropolitan for the British Isles and Ireland, Silouan, of the Antiochian Church (together with Metropolitan Savva and a priest); we asked for their blessing and it was clear this was usual practice for them.
Edited by Rdr Andreas, 05 March 2016 - 01:12 PM.