I was grateful for the replies. First, the honorarium is honoring the spiritual gift and counsel which the priest or pastor possesses and shares during the blessing occasion. This gift is imparted by God, affirmed by the church and one of more institutions of Higher education. The honorarium is an offering but, an expression of thanks also. For non-tithers and nominal church goers, giving financially to the church is often challenging. But, for one purchasing a home a gift of $50 is not a large expression given all that it represents.
King James Bible-“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.”
King James Version -“Let the elders (Ordained:Priest, Pastors) that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”