When greeting an eastern priest or bishop, I understand that we should ask their blessing (ie, Father/Master, bless!). I try to do that when I remember. I do have some questions regarding proper etiquette for this though.
- I’ve heard conflicting views on this, but should we also ask for a blessing when leaving a priest or bishop? Some have said yes, and some have said no (since we just got a blessing when meeting).
- With a priest you are familiar with (perhaps you see them weekly or monthly for services), should you ask for a blessing every time you see them? Or is it because their is a high frequency of conversation we should not ask so often?
- When in the presence of two people of “higher rank”, should the blessing request be skipped of a certain person? Two examples: (1) priest and bishop - should I only ask the blessing of the bishop since he is of higher rank, or should I ask a blessing of both but in a certain order? and (2) bishop and metropolitan - same question as scenario 1