Preparing for Holy Communion

“O God the Lord and Creator of all, Thou are become poor, uniting a created nature to Thyself, while remaining free from passion. Since Thou art the Passover, Thou hast offered Thyself to those for whose sake Thou wast soon to die; and Thou hast cried: ‘Eat My Body, and ye shall be firmly established in the faith.” (Matins Canon Irmos, Ode III)

The Holy Mystery of receiving the Body and Blood of Christ is a precious time in the life of an Orthodox Christian when they are focused on remembering and giving thanks for the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ on the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. This time is also known as the Lord’s Supper. Since Communion or as it is known by, the Holy Eucharist, is a shared experience with fellow baptized Orthodox the word Communion is a good descriptive word for the activity.

1 Corinthians 11:27, 28 “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”

July 8, 2021 · Abbot Tryphon “The Proper Preparation for Receiving the Holy Mysteries The Russian Orthodox Church requires anyone who desires to receive Holy Communion prepare themselves with confession, the Pre-Communion Prayers and to abstain from food or drink from midnight on. Most of the world’s Local Orthodox Churches hold to this standard, recognizing that the clergy, as guardians of […]”

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