Is it backward to believe that sicknesses aren’t transmitted by Holy Communion?

Is it backward to believe that sicknesses aren’t transmitted by Holy Communion?

Archimandrite Iakovos Kanakis   We’ve reached the point, and it really is dumbfounding, where, in our country , voices which openly cast doubt on the sanctity of the sacraments, particularly Holy Communion, have found a platform. We now all understand that everything has to pass the test of ‘reason’ and...

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The Divine Eucharist according to Saint Nikodimos (1)

The Divine Eucharist according to Saint Nikodimos (1)

Metropolitan Christoforos, former Archbishop of the Czech and Slovak Republics   The name of Saint Nikodimos is closely associated with the Kollyvades movement on Athos in the late 18th century. The representatives of this movement insisted on a renaissance of the Patristic understanding of Orthodox theology and spirituality. This was...

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Strengthening Provisions

Strengthening Provisions

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   After those who entered the ancient Church had been baptized, the whole of their life was imbued with the sacred desire for Holy Communion. The places of worship, especially the catacombs, were full of allegorical symbols of the heavenly nourishment of the faithful. Images of the...

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I’ve gone and caught God!

I’ve gone and caught God!

Vasilios Grillas, Theologian   Children first for communion! Just look at that. The first to take communion are the decrepit who’ve got so many illnesses and then the rest! We should take communion from a one-time only spoon. There are so many illnesses going about! People who are dying take...

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How often should we take Holy Communion?

How often should we take Holy Communion?

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   Our participation in Holy Communion is a spiritual matter concerning which the opinions expressed have fluctuated over time. From the view that we should commune only infrequently, out of respect for the sacrament and recognition of our own sinfulness, to the attitude that we should take...

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Holy Communion – 2

Holy Communion – 2

We don’t take Holy Communion just because we’re in church and something’s moved us to do so, or because others are, or because we’ve become used to doing so. We have to be prepared. First of all, we have to be aware what a special gift Holy Communion is for...

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Holy Communion

Holy Communion

At this point, the curtain of the Royal Doors is usually closed, and preparations are made for the Holy Communion of the priests and the faithful. While this is happening, the Communion Hymn is sung, which is often verses from certain psalms, but may also be other hymns or extracts...

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Baptism – My Personal Foundation – Part Ten:  Holy Communion

Baptism – My Personal Foundation – Part Ten: Holy Communion

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. For as often as you eat this Bread and drink the Cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. I Corinthians 11:26...

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Preparation for Holy Communion

Preparation for Holy Communion

This preparation incorporates a series of supplications and a prayer by the priest which concludes with the words: ‘And count us worthy, Master, with boldness and without condemnation, to dare to call upon you, the God of heaven, as Father, and say’: ‘Our Father Who are in heaven…’ In this...

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On Holy Communion

On Holy Communion

Metropolitan of Gortyn and Megalopolis, Ieremias   The Holy Gospel we heard today, my Christian brothers and sisters, tells us, in the form of a parable, about the Supper of Holy Communion. Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ. This Supper, which we enjoy at every Divine Liturgy, is...

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