Communion

GUIDELINES FOR RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION

For Orthodox Christians:

When preparing to receive Holy Communion please remain quietly in your pews until a Parish Council Member directs you to enter the center aisle and approach. Your prayerful attention sustains the solemnity of the Divine Liturgy for those reciting the "Prayers of Preparation" (pp. 29-30 of the Liturgy Books) and the "Prayers of Thanksgiving" (pp. 40-42).

Please allow the acolytes to place the communion cloth under your chin to ensure that no particle of the Eucharist falls from your lips. Recite your baptismal name aloud; open your mouth wide; and close your mouth as the communion spoon enters your mouth.

After receiving our Lord's Body and Blood, please blot your lips on the cloth and return to your pew by the side aisles where you will find an acolyte holding a bowl of antidoron. Take a single piece of antidoron to ensure you consumed all traces of Holy Communion.

For Non-Orthodox Christians:

We welcome those Christians not fully united with us. It is a consequence of the sad divisions of Christianity that we cannot extend to them a general invitation to receive Holy Communion. Orthodox Christians believe that the Eucharist is an action of the celebrating community signifying a oneness in faith, life, and worship. Reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully united with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist and for which we must all pray.

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