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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

109- Other blessings


[19] Parental Blessings

Blessings are gained by utterance from the parents, or when their offspring honour them.

(Eph 6:2) "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise:

The promise mentioned above is found in the first Commandments:

(Exo 20:12) "Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

[20] The Other Blessing Is Received Through Serving The Poor

(Job 29:13) The blessing of a perishing man came upon me, And I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. Image: Reverend Coptic priests of Saint Takla Haymanot Coptic Orthodox Church, Alexandria, Egypt. Right to left: Fr. Takla William, Fr. Kirillos Kolta, Fr. Angelos Fathy, Fr. Karas Ibrahim and Fr. Philemon Soubhy

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الآباء الكهنة بكنيسة الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت القبطية الأرثوذكسية، الإسكندرية، مصر. من اليمين إلى اليسار: أبونا القس تكلا وليم، أبونا القمص كيرلس قلته، أبونا القس أنجيلوس فتحي، أبونا القس كاراس إبراهيم، أبونا القس فليمون صبحي

So the perishing poor were a blessing to Job, who served them, as we have discussed this issue before here on in other sections. Here we see that the words of blessings from the needy, can be of great benefit. Even serving the poor in secret has its own blessings.

[21] We Obtain Blessings Through the Utterance of others.

Saint Paul exhorting people to bless, and not curse. This exhortation was probably based upon the words of our Lord from the Sermon on the mount.

(Rom 12:14) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

(Mat 5:44) "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

The same meaning is reiterated by Saint Peter.

(1 Pet 3:9) not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.

[22] So If It Is Possible To be A Blessed From By Others, How About The Priest?

So the question at hand which is: “Is conceivable to obtain a blessing from a human being?” is not biblically based.

On the other hand, a priest who ceases from blessing the people is contravening the Lord’s command and has failed in fulfilling his obligations.

[231 What Amazes Me is That The Ones Who Are Attempting To Curtail The Priestly Blessings Are Themselves Using The Expression "God Bless".

It is noticeable that many of our Evangelical brethren use expression "God Bless". They often use this expression when expressing their good wishes to the clergy!

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