Guidelines for Receiving Holy Communion
For Orthodox Christians
Orthodox Christians fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when they receive Holy Communion in fulfillment of Christ's command to eat His body and drink His Blood. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, communicants should not be conscious of grave sin, have fasted appropriately and seek to live in charity and love with their neighbors. Persons conscious of grave sin must first be reconciled with God and the church through the sacrament of Penance. A frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist is encouraged for all.
For other Christians
We welcome to this celebration of the Eucharist those Christians who are not fully united with us. It is a consequence of the sad divisions of Christianity that we cannot extend to them an invitation to receive Communion. Orthodox christians believe that the Eucharist is an action of the celebrating community signifying a oneness in faith, life and worship of the community. Reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist and for which we must all pray.
For those not receiving Communion
Those not receiving sacramental Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another. They are welcome to come for the blessing at the end of the liturgy.
At the conclusion of the Liturgy guests (including non-orthodox) are welcome to come to receive the church bread and kiss the cross if they wish.
Following the Divine Liturgy, all parishioners and guests are invited to the Social Hall for the regular Sunday Fellowship Luncheon which begins at 12:00 noon. More details below.
Orthodox Christian Studies
On Sunday mornings outside of lenten periods, there are lessons on the Orthodox Faith from 9:15 a.m until the beginning of the liturgy. Everyone is invited to participate in these "Questions and Answers on the Faith" sessions. Come early and learn more about our Holy Orthodox Christian Faith.
Sunday School for children PK-12
Regular classes for children and youth are held following the Liturgy on Sundays during the school year.
Every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy at 12:00 noon there is a luncheon for all parishioners and visitors organized by our Women's Auxiliary. Lunch prices are as follows: $8.00 Adults, $3.00 children, Free (ages 2 & under)
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