[Jesus] ‘lifted up His hands and blessed his disciples. While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven’. (Luke 2450)
This was the last gesture which our Lord made for us on earth. In the same way the bishops, who have the highest rank of ecclesiastical jurisdiction, bless us and bestow upon us God’s grace.
The celebrant announces ‘Peace be to all of you’ and the Holy Spirit truly makes this a reality. Whether we’re prepared to receive employ it or not depends on us.
In this photograph, Metropolitan Iosif of Prikonisos is blessing at the feast of the Myrrh-Bearing Women at Vatopaidi.