Thanks, Myrrh23 for posting this article. It's excellent.
Also I want to ask those who read this, Do you think Met. Jonah is saying that you don't need to prepare for Communion with the Preparatory prayers?
I basically agree with wynd.
My answer is "not necessarily". Metropolitan Jonah is saying that you need to be careful about going overboard.
As for preparation for communion, IMO one should always follow the instructions for preparation from the presiding priest, if you know them.
I've heard many different views from different priests - on the Orthodox side, some will say that the precommunion prayers are enough. Others will require confession and attendance at Vespers/Orthros. Others further require Monday, Wednesday and Friday fasting. On the other side, in the Catholic church the only requirement
is fasting from food an hour beforehand and not having any "mortal sins". This, IMO, is done because they wanted to make a uniform rule that will undoubtedly work for everyone - in the Latin Church daily attendance at Mass (which can happen early in the morning or late in the evening), and reception of the eucharist at each Mass is what's preferred.
(IMO, the reason for the difference is due to each indivudual parish/monastery/persons' prayer cycle, as well as different interpretations of sacramental theology - i.e. how often should there be eucharistic liturgy, should one receive each time one attends Liturgy, etc.
I wouldn't say any side is "wrong". The logic more extreme Orthodox side is obvious. The Latin practice of daily Eucharistic liturgy and reception of all in attendance was without any doubt common in the early years of the Church. The problem with the Latin Church today, IMO, is that there are many "individual" Masses that are scheduled according to programs and people's convenience. There's no attempt to balance with the Matins/Lauds, Vespers, and the other liturgies of the hours; and there's not even the faintest idea of "one church, one congregation")