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Offline Jonny

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Sharing communion
« on: January 15, 2009, 09:03:16 PM »
I'm sure this has already been covered. If so please point me in the right direction concerning the other threads!

What is the present state of communion between the two Orthodox Communions? Are EO allowed to receive in the OO Churches and vice versa? Do both sides recognise each other as being part of the true Church?

If this is likely to get polemical, which I don't think it needs to, could someone move it to the private board.

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Re: Sharing communion
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 09:41:48 PM »
I'm sure this has already been covered. If so please point me in the right direction concerning the other threads!

What is the present state of communion between the two Orthodox Communions? Are EO allowed to receive in the OO Churches and vice versa? Do both sides recognise each other as being part of the true Church?

If this is likely to get polemical, which I don't think it needs to, could someone move it to the private board.

Thank you

There may be some communion on a local scale. It is handled on a case by case basis by the bishops. For example local Ethiopians may receive permission to commune with the Greeks if there are no local Ethiopian churches...
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Re: Sharing communion
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 11:02:10 PM »
Officially there is unofficial communion.
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Re: Sharing communion
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 11:37:48 PM »
Yeah, that seems to be about how it works out.   :)

My only advice would be for people to talk to their own priest, as well as the priest of the church they are thinking of visiting, before considering communing in a different church.  Some churches and priests are more strict and conservative about these things than others. 

I myself will visit EO churches, but I don't commune in them, as I don't want to break any rules.  I find that to be the wisest approach.  I know others disagree.  With the exception of the agreement between the Syriac Church and the Antiochians, we are really still out of communion.  I think it is better to pray and wait for a formal reunification before communing with each other.  It somehow seems more respectful.



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Re: Sharing communion
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2009, 05:40:05 AM »
There may be some communion on a local scale. It is handled on a case by case basis by the bishops. For example local Ethiopians may receive permission to commune with the Greeks if there are no local Ethiopian churches...

This is also what happens in Finland. Ethiopians who come to Finland are very welcome in the Finnish Orthodox Church. They do receive communion and their children are baptised.

I think it is a positive thing that this way a parallel church is not set up Finland.