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Liturgical Question:
At the blessing of meals when a Bishop is present, when do we sing ‘ис полла эти деспота’ (eis polla eti, despota)?
Handbook Category: Hierarchical Services (index)

When a Bishop is present, he will offer the customary blessing at the beginning and end of meals, following the usual singing of the prayers. We do not sing ‘eis polla eti despota’ after his blessing at the beginning of the meal, but only after his blessing at the end of the meal.

After the Bishop’s blessing at the beginning of the meal, we simply sit and begin.

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