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« on: July 28, 2014, 02:33:56 PM »

I will be attending a church service to see my niece perform some Christian songs. The family is Lutheran. What is proper conduct at for a visiting Orthodox Christian?

1. It's an open communion. Can I take Communion? Can I receive a blessing from the Pastor?

2. Is it ok to perform "the cross" after a prayer?

I rarely attend services at other churches unless it is a wedding or funeral. I went to a baptist service when I was a kid. I recall my Mom telling me not to take part in their version of communion (still don't know why).

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2014, 02:49:27 PM »

You should not take communion, even if the Pastor gives you a blessing to do so.  The Orthodox Church considers that to be a grave sin. The Eucharist is a visible sign of unity.  Since Orthodoxy is not in union with the Lutheran church, it is considered a sin to give the impression that we are unified with them.

There is nothing wrong with crossing yourself. Some Lutheran congregations cross themselves and others don't.
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2014, 03:07:25 PM »

I will be attending a church service to see my niece perform some Christian songs. The family is Lutheran. What is proper conduct at for a visiting Orthodox Christian?

1. It's an open communion. Can I take Communion? Can I receive a blessing from the Pastor?

No.  No.

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2. Is it ok to perform "the cross" after a prayer?

When in doubt, ask your priest, but use your discretion if that is not possible for some reason.  Personally, I don't sign myself with the Cross during non-Orthodox services I have reason to attend.  Other than standing or sitting as appropriate, I simply observe.   
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2014, 03:45:13 PM »


2. Is it ok to perform "the cross" after a prayer?

I rarely attend services at other churches unless it is a wedding or funeral. I went to a baptist service when I was a kid. I recall my Mom telling me not to take part in their version of communion (still don't know why).



As already stated, no communion except for in an Orthodox Church.

As far as making the sign of the cross, I see nothing wrong with it, but be prepared for people to give you an evil eye for doing something they consider "Romish."  To clarify further what TheTrisagion wrote, the vast majority of Lutheran congregations do NOT cross themselves.  You will find that more ELCA congregations will tend to cross themselves than LCMS congregations.  DO you know which the church belongs?
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2014, 03:46:58 PM »

When I am at my wife's Methodist church, I cross myself any time they invoke the Trinity which is quite often actually.  I've never had anyone there make a big deal about it. I think it embarasses my wife a bit, but she has gotten used to it.
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2014, 03:53:14 PM »

When I am at my wife's Methodist church, I cross myself any time they invoke the Trinity which is quite often actually.  I've never had anyone there make a big deal about it. I think it embarasses my wife a bit, but she has gotten used to it.

Methodists don't have the same history with Rome as the Lutherans.  They have a tendency to become very defensive when they see anything that they perceive as Roman Catholic in their services even though the sign of the Cross was strongly defended by Luther himself.
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