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Preparing for Holy Communion

In his book, Great Lent, Fr Alexander Schmemann states:

‘…in many Orthodox Churches there developed, and is commonly accepted today, the doctrine which affirms that Communion for laity is impossible without sacramental confession and absolution.

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The Great Fast

By Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou

– How often do we begin Great Lent with sighs of regret! “The fast is almost upon us again! Enjoy meat while you can!”. “A contradiction in terms though it is: happy Lent!”.

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Saint Theodore of Canterbury

Aaron Taylor

– For the year 668 A.D., the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles record the following: ‘Pope Vitalianus hallowed Theodorus archbishop, and sent him to Britain.’

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The Return of Gnosticism?

Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou

– Over the past few years, there has been an enormous popular interest in Gnosticism and early Christian writings.

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A Season of Bright Sadness

Aaron Taylor

– Many Christians in the west, Catholic and Protestant, are familiar with the penitential season preceding Easter that is known as Lent.

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Psalm 50

Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou

– The only psalm that is prescribed to be recited in its entirety at every Divine Liturgy is (in the Orthodox Old Testament)1 Psalm 50

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Closed Communion

by Ilias Levy

– People who are interested in knowing more about the Orthodox Church frequently ask about the practice of closed communion – that is, allowing only Orthodox Christians to receive Holy Communion in our churches.

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