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Bread & Wine after Communion
« on: July 17, 2003, 02:15:54 AM »
Just another question regarding Communion.  We have bread and wine after Communion in the Russian Orthodox Church.  Are you supposed to drink the wine first, or eat the bread first?

Whatever the answer is, what then is the reason for taking the bread before the wine, or wine before the bread (if that makes sense)?  Please excuse my ignorance.

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Re:Bread & Wine after Communion
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2003, 02:38:40 AM »
Just another question regarding Communion.  We have bread and wine after Communion in the Russian Orthodox Church.  Are you supposed to drink the wine first, or eat the bread first?

Whatever the answer is, what then is the reason for taking the bread before the wine, or wine before the bread (if that makes sense)?  Please excuse my ignorance.

You are talking about the "zapivka," Katherine.  I've followed what most others have done, and that is to have a sip of the warm wine mixed with a little water from the "zeon" cup first.  This is, I presume, to ensure that we swallow the Eucharist completely.  Then the first thing we eat following the reception of Holy Communion is the blessed bread.  In the Greek practice there is no zeon cup, but communicants take a piece of the blessed bread to eat immediately after receiving Communion.  Does this help?

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Re: Bread & Wine after Communion
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2015, 12:36:28 AM »
In my parish wine is also served "after" or "during" the Eucharist is being served, that isn't the Eucharist. This is perfectly normal... right? Just to make sure that it's not a liturgical deviation.
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Re: Bread & Wine after Communion
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2015, 12:56:36 AM »
In my parish wine is also served "after" or "during" the Eucharist is being served, that isn't the Eucharist. This is perfectly normal... right? Just to make sure that it's not a liturgical deviation.

It's normal in the OCA to do that after communing.
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Re: Bread & Wine after Communion
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2015, 02:09:05 AM »
In my parish wine is also served "after" or "during" the Eucharist is being served, that isn't the Eucharist. This is perfectly normal... right? Just to make sure that it's not a liturgical deviation.

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But yes, blessed wine is often provided with antidoron for those who have received. I've seen it in some Greek churches, but not all, and every Russian church I've attended provides it. I really prefer to have it, not just because I'm a lush, but also because my mouth is already so parched from fasting that I have difficulties getting the dry antidoron down on its own.