Advice 1: How to greet a priest

A believer is very important to observe Church etiquette, which differs significantly from the secular. For example, meeting the priest on the street, you need to refer to it in a special way.
How to greet a priest
Instruction
1
Having met a priest without vestments on the street, greet them with a nod or say Hello as usual, wishing a good day. On Easter day we can say "Christ is Risen!". Offer a hand to the priest only if you personally and have long been familiar with him. Otherwise it will be perceived too familiar.
2
Met a priest in vestments (cassock with a cross or in the liturgical vestment with stole and in charge), ask him about the blessing, this will be your greeting. Closer to the priest a little bow, put right hand on left, palms up and say: "Father, bless".
3
In response, the priest will impose on you the sign of the cross and can even put your hand in your clasped hands – her need to kiss as the hand of God himself, who is invisible blesses you through the priest. If the priest put his hand on your head, then kissing her is not necessary.
4
If there are several priests, led by Bishop (managing the whole diocese), with the blessing come only to him. If many priests and Bishops among them, come and ask the blessing from a senior officer. You can find it at the cross that the priest wears on his chest.
5
Archpriest carry the cross with decoration, the priest wears a gold or silver cross. If you took a blessing from a priest, and next, there are a few, refer to them with the words "Bless me, Reverend fathers" and worship.
6
If you are in a group of believers, with the blessing of the first to approach men according to seniority (the Ministers of the Church in the first place, as if setting an example), then in order of seniority are women, the last one the children (according to seniority). This rule applies to family: first choice husband, wife, then children.
7
Goodbye again ask the priest's blessing with the words "Forgive me, father, bless".
8
A telephone conversation with the priest must begin with the words "Bless, father". Next, let the point at which you call. The conversation will end with a request for re-blessing.
9
Speaking of the priest in the third person or referring to him, say: "Father Abbot blessed". A combination of "father" and the name of the priest is used in a purely official occasions.
Note
Remember, to treat the priest need with great reverence and respect. Follow the decency of their attitudes, gestures and even facial expressions. Slang and coarse words unacceptable. Gestures are minimal. Do not touch in conversation with the priest, observe a certain distance. If a Minister of the Church is to stand must you. Your eyes must be gentle and humble.
Useful advice
Remember, Orthodoxy is not accepted to speak to the priest "father". Say "honest father," for example, "Pray for me, Reverend father".

Advice 2 : How to write to the Patriarch

Many people believe that the most effective way to solve their problems is to write a letter "up", whether the President or the Patriarch. But regardless of the recipient reading, sorting, and analysis of correspondence - the case of other employees, not less important.
How to write to the Patriarch
Instruction
1
To ensure that the letter has been read, it is necessary to write simply, clearly and accurately. Must comply with all the subtleties related to the appeal to the spiritual person and the name of the organizations and structural divisions. We need to begin with'. In the upper right corner of the letter you should write: "his Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow //And all Russia Kyrill//Net pereulok, 5, Moscow, 119034. The sign // denotes a new line. Further, in the center of the letter: "his Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Cyril". The line below is necessary to specify from whom a letter. To contact the Patriarch to be "Your Holiness". It is important not to change the case of letters, not to make a capital letter lowercase!
2
All letters to the heads of organizations, whether they are secular or religious, pass through the office and its employees. The letter is a structural unit will be referred to as "the office of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia." Head office - Archpriest Vladimir Diakov. The written form of the appeal will be as follows: "to His Reverence, Archpriest Vladimir Divakov, head of the Chancellery of the Moscow Patriarchate. In some cases it makes sense to send a letter in the office. To clarify, there came a letter, by phone office: (495)201-28-40. Fax: (495)201-25-04. A letter to Moscow takes 3-4 days, in other cases it is necessary to clarify the time of passage of correspondence in his post office.
3
In order to send a message or to solve some pressing spiritual or organizational issues is to take advantage of the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate www.patriarchia.ru. In the section "inter-Council presence, the "Contacts" collected information with the names and phones of various information services: Press office of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, the Synodal information Department of Russian Orthodox Church, the Editors of the portal patriarhiei. http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/intersobor/contacts/
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It is important that the Synodal information Department of Russian Orthodox Church are free to call from any end of Russia: +7(800) 100-33-53. Phone in Moscow: +7(495) 781-97-61. You can also write an email to the following address: contact@sinfo-mp.ru. This Department was created two years ago by decision of the Holy Synod of 31 March 2009. The Chairman of the Information Department appointed the chief editor of magazine "Foma" Vladimir Romanovich Legoyda.
Note
To ensure that the letter has been read and understood, is to open a tutorial style. Proposals must be complete, clear thoughts, logical arguments. It is worth to remember about literacy and the visual appearance of the text: the margins and the margins.
Useful advice
It is desirable to Express the subject line on the first page. It's kind of a form of politeness: saving time and effort of the employee, who will have to read this letter. After a lot of letters. And every the most important.

Advice 3 : How to write a letter to the Patriarch

The Patriarch is the highest rank of the Church hierarchy, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Therefore, turning to him, both orally and in writing, should observe the universally accepted dogmatic rules.
How to write a letter to the Patriarch
Instruction
1
Before you start writing letters to the Patriarch, you need to clearly imagine the subject of your addresses to him. You have to understand that Church's first Hierarch daily brings a lot of worries about the fate of the Church, so the topic of your letter must be really important. Make sure that with your question you can't contact representatives of the clergy of lower ranks, for example, to local episome or Metropolitan.
2
Start the letter with the next appeal to the Patriarch (indicated above the text of the letter in the upper right corner):
His Holiness
Patriarch Of Moscow
and of All the Russias [name of Patriarch]
from [your idea].
For every faithful Orthodox Christian it is important to get pastoral blessing, so to begin the story can words: "o Lord, bless". Or: "Your Eminence, bless me". Will be true and the following message: "Your Holiness, most Holy Lord the Patriarch, Merciful Archpastor and Father!"
3
Your message should be grammatically correct and verified, it should not contain threats, insults and profanity. In the narrative to appeal to the Patriarch to be "Your Holiness" or "Holy Lord". Express their thoughts sequentially, in plain language, without using jargon and dialects. Be reverent.
Be honest and open, do not write anything that you can't be sure. It is wrong to refer to his Holiness with speculation and doubt.
The titles of Patriarch should be written with a capital letter.
4
Address your letter to the press service of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, located to the address: 119034, Moscow, chistyi lane, 5. Your letter will reach the ROC after initially, it will investigate the responsible officers of the Patriarchy.
Useful advice
An example of the appeal to the Patriarch:

His Holiness,
His Holiness Patriarch
Of Moscow and all Russia
Cyril

YOUR HOLINESS,
HOLY IS THE LORD PATRIARCH,
MERCIFUL ARCHPASTOR AND FATHER!

Advice 4 : How to greet a priest

A believer is very important to observe Church etiquette, which differs significantly from the secular. For example, meeting the priest on the street, you need to refer to it in a special way.
How to greet a priest
Instruction
1
Having met a priest without vestments on the street, greet them with a nod or say Hello as usual, wishing a good day. On Easter day we can say "Christ is Risen!". Offer a hand to the priest only if you personally and have long been familiar with him. Otherwise it will be perceived too familiar.
2
Met a priest in vestments (cassock with a cross or in the liturgical vestment with stole and in charge), ask him about the blessing, this will be your greeting. Closer to the priest a little bow, put right hand on left, palms up and say: "Father, bless".
3
In response, the priest will impose on you the sign of the cross and can even put your hand in your clasped hands – her need to kiss as the hand of God himself, who is invisible blesses you through the priest. If the priest put his hand on your head, then kissing her is not necessary.
4
If there are several priests, led by Bishop (managing the whole diocese), with the blessing come only to him. If many priests and Bishops among them, come and ask the blessing from a senior officer. You can find it at the cross that the priest wears on his chest.
5
Archpriest carry the cross with decoration, the priest wears a gold or silver cross. If you took a blessing from a priest, and next, there are a few, refer to them with the words "Bless me, Reverend fathers" and worship.
6
If you are in a group of believers, with the blessing of the first to approach men according to seniority (the Ministers of the Church in the first place, as if setting an example), then in order of seniority are women, the last one the children (according to seniority). This rule applies to family: first choice husband, wife, then children.
7
Goodbye again ask the priest's blessing with the words "Forgive me, father, bless".
8
A telephone conversation with the priest must begin with the words "Bless, father". Next, let the point at which you call. The conversation will end with a request for re-blessing.
9
Speaking of the priest in the third person or referring to him, say: "Father Abbot blessed". A combination of "father" and the name of the priest is used in a purely official occasions.
Note
Remember, to treat the priest need with great reverence and respect. Follow the decency of their attitudes, gestures and even facial expressions. Slang and coarse words unacceptable. Gestures are minimal. Do not touch in conversation with the priest, observe a certain distance. If a Minister of the Church is to stand must you. Your eyes must be gentle and humble.
Useful advice
Remember, Orthodoxy is not accepted to speak to the priest "father". Say "honest father," for example, "Pray for me, Reverend father".
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