Why Not “Open Communion”?

from the OCA.org website Especially at the feast of Pascha (Easter) non-Orthodox Christians ask why they may not receive Holy Communion in Orthodox parishes. As painful as this refusal is, it is based on our understanding of the true meaning of the sacrament as revealed in Scripture and ecclesial experience. A few months ago someone […]

About Orthodox Communion Spoons

by Fr. John Whiteford In the Orthodox Church, Holy Communion is administered to communicants using a special spoon. Some have asked, doesn’t the 101st canon of the Council of Trullo forbid the use of Communion spoons? And why are the laity not allowed to receive Communion in the hand and from the chalice, as they […]

Communion on the Day of One’s Death

by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) “According to ancient Church tradition, the soul of a person who takes Communion on the day of death immediately ascends to the throne of the Lord.”   Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) is the author of the internationally acclaimed, best selling book “Everyday Saints and Other Stories” Share the post “Communion on the Day […]

On Frequent Communion

by Hieromonk Arsenius of Mt. Athos He that rarely approaches this saving Mystery is estranging himself from salvation. Even common sense can grasp the truth of this. He who receives Holy Communion often, also cleanses his conscience often in the Mystery of Confession, and in reliving his grief and contrition over the sins he has […]

Infants Sharing the Lord's Table

by Dave Brown This post was today’s offering on Orthocath’s Blog. I confess that I am a regular reader of this blog, and this post should demonstrate why. Regarding the last statements about Lutherans looking at Orthodoxy, I can confirm this as two of my godsons, former Lutheran pastors/now Orthodox priests, converted over this very […]