First Blessing


#1

We have a newly ordained priest at my parish and I was going to ask him for a "First Blessing". However, I hear you kiss his hands? Is this correct? How exactly does the blessing happen? Do I kneel? When do I kiss his hands? Both hands? Etc Help me out, so I know what to expect, please.


#2

Yes I did that a few months ago. I went up to the Communion rail, knelt and I kissed both hands after the blessing. I think the kissing happens after the blessing… don’t remember that well… I hope this helps!


#3

I recently attended an Ordination Mass, and during the reception, many people asked for a blessing from the newly ordained priests. When my wife and I received ours, he placed his hands on our heads and said a prayer over us. I didn’t notice anyone kneeling or kissing their hands. BUT, I’m a convert and this was my first experience around newly ordained priests.

I’ve heard that the actual FIRST blessing is often reserved for the new priest’s parents. I also noticed that after Mass, and before the reception, the new priests blessed the Bishop.

By the way, Ordination Masses are GREAT!


#4

Traditionally, yes, you kiss the priest’s hands. At my friend’s ordination he kept his hands pretty guarded from people grabbing them to kiss them. I was going to, but when I noticed he was guarding them, I opted not to. It is also customary to kneel for the blessing. I noticed no one but myself and the priests and bishops did this. :shrug:


#5

I agree! Ordination masses are pretty cool!
We all knelt at the Communion rail, but it was after the Latin mass. The ordination masses I've been to are done in Latin.


#6

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