simplygermain - that's great story, so consoling.
I think that's not good crating such connection "the sacrament of confession and Holy Eucharist" - that's the way many Orthodox Christians in Poland, Serbia and Russian countries say, because confession is required before every receiving Communion by many priests. Of course, is somebody receives e.g 4 times yearly, this requirement obvious. But if somebody wants to receive every (or almost every) Liturgy he/she attends? And, moreover, he/she wants at the same time to have a spiritual father/confessor?...
It's ridiculous, that e.g during Holy Week, while quite a lot of people receive Communion every day (of course except Holy Friday), they also confess every day (excluding Pascha, because at least in Poland there is an official statement that you don't need to confess to receive during Paschal Liturgy).
Fortunately, it's been changing, all the depends on the priest. E.g I don't go to confession before every Communion, just 1 time for 3-4 weeks (sometimes more often, because sometimes I want to make repentance before a great feast) and in my parish they know me, but in other parishes it's not so easy. A few times I had to explain that I have my priest's blessing, that I'm from this and this parish, that I've read all necessary prayers, I've not eaten and drunk from midnight etc.
Although I'm fully Orthodox almost one year, it was enough time to have ridiculous situations regarding this topic. E.g there was a Liturgy on the first Saturday of the Great Lent, nobody to confession. Howeve, this was my priest who was celebrating the Liturgy, so he sent to me a deacon to ask me if I was going to receive. Another situation, more curious: a Liturgy for the feast of st. Panteleimon. Again my priest was celebrating the Liturgy and again nobody to confession. The time of "with fear..." and immediately after it "we have seen the True Light...". After the Liturgy, when I came over to kiss the cross, my priest seeing me said he's forgotten about me and asked if I want to receive, so he did it and asked a prisluzhnik to prepare zapivka for me.
I think there are 2 separate (but of course strongly connected) issues:
1. Frequency of receiving (I know some people that receive so regularly but confess every time before it and very few people that have their own spiritual father and he gives them blessing to not confess every time before receiving)
2. Is confession really necessary every time before Holy Communion