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  1. Kyriaki September 20, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    If you are orthodox and you go to a catholic school can you take catholic communion

    • Fr. Joseph Purpura September 20, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      The Eucharist (Communion) is a sacred Sacrament of the Orthodox Church and only Orthodox Christians who have fasted and properly prepared themselves for Communion can partake. The Roman Catholics have similar regulations.

      Even within the Orthodox Church when one goes to another Orthodox Church, they need to contact the priest there to let him know they are an Orthodox Christian in good standing and that they have the blessing of their Spiritual Father to take communion there. Even a priest needs the blessing of his Bishop, as well as the Bishop of the Church he is attending in order to be able to serve and or receive Communion and that is for an Orthodox Church. That is how high we regard this Sacrament.

      Given that the Eucharist is par excellence the symbol of who we are in Communion with, and unfortunately we are not in Communion (in union) with Roman Catholics, the long answer to your question is that you should not take communion at the catholic school you attend, nor any other place other than an Orthodox Christian Church.

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