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House blessing gift

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by GreekOrthodox, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. GreekOrthodox

    GreekOrthodox Psalti Chrysostom

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    First time in years since we've had a house blessing which is special this time as we will have been in the house a year. Can't remember what is a typical gift for the priest?

    Blessing of homes - OrthodoxWiki
     
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  2. Mary of Bethany

    Mary of Bethany Only one thing is needful. Supporter

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    We feed him & his family. We live about 45 minutes away.
     
  3. ArmyMatt

    ArmyMatt Regular Member Supporter

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    a little food or drink usually, depending on the number of blessings that day.
     
  4. GreekOrthodox

    GreekOrthodox Psalti Chrysostom

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    THanks, we'll pick up some cheese & crackers and a bottle of wine :)
     
  5. prodromos

    prodromos Senior Veteran Supporter

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    If the priest is doing a lot of house blessings on one day, they can only drink so much coffee. It is good etiquette to sit them next to a hardy pot plant so they can discretely tip their coffee into the soil if they've already had too many that day ;):D
    If they are only doing our house that day then we will provide lunch/dinner.
    We usually give a cash donation.
     
  6. nutroll

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    I read the words "pot plant" and was curious where this was going...
     
  7. prodromos

    prodromos Senior Veteran Supporter

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    I guess that might be easily misconstrued ^_^ . It is another name for indoor plants, plants in pots in other words.
    I remember asking for the rubbish bin when we were stateside, and getting blank looks in response. This might be another one of those linguistic divides.
     
  8. Phronema

    Phronema Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Bottles of wine, and pot plants had me wondering too :D
     
  9. AMM

    AMM A Beggar Supporter

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    We just call those “house plants.” ‘Cause, you know, they’re in the house.

    You Aussies just get confused because you’re upside down all the time. Do y’all never put potted plants outside?
     
  10. prodromos

    prodromos Senior Veteran Supporter

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    Upside down? Last time I checked the map we were right up near the top of the world, just below Antartica :)
     
  11. AMM

    AMM A Beggar Supporter

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    Ah, one of these maps!

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  12. prodromos

    prodromos Senior Veteran Supporter

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  13. Phronema

    Phronema Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Wouldn't that make Oz "up ovah" instead of "down undah"? :)
     
  14. prodromos

    prodromos Senior Veteran Supporter

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    "Down under" is obviously in reference to Antarctica. ^_^
     
  15. Mary of Bethany

    Mary of Bethany Only one thing is needful. Supporter

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    potted plants or house plants
     
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