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« on: June 29, 2005, 05:14:23 PM »

Hi,

I was wondering....if there are any RC converts to Orthodoxy who have felt this way... and that is in missing the Blessed Sacrament.   Or Adoration.   I am having a bit of a time letting that go.    In the Orthodox Church, is Communion the only time? 

Anotherwords, does the Orthodox Church have the Blessed Sacrament at all times, too?   So., whenever you go into the church, you are sure that is the case?   Or, does that only occur while they are waiting to take the Sacrament to the sick, etc...

Maybe it's a crazy thought.....but I will try  putting it out there anyway.

thanks--
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2005, 05:24:03 PM »

Ummmm, Jennifer?  This looks like a fat one down the middle ready for you to his out of the park.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2005, 05:25:49 PM »

The consecrated Body and Blood are always present in the altar area, on the table of oblation which is to the left of the altar proper. ÂÂ  (They are there largely so that they may be taken to the sick when necessary.ÂÂ  So they may be absent if the priest is taking communion to the sick, but this is almost never when any faithful are in the church.) ÂÂ However, the Orthodox find the Roman propensity to reverence the the Body and Blood of the Lord outside of the Divine Liturgy or the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts somewhat inappropriate. ÂÂ For us, this sacrament is given to us specifically to be eaten and drunk. ÂÂ "Take, eat, this is my body which is given to you, for the remission of sins."ÂÂ  This doesn't mean that it's not reverenced by us deeply, however.ÂÂ  

Not meaning to give offence, I also find it strange that the Latin Church refers to this sacrament as "the Blessed Sacrament."  I guess this highlights its importance.  For us, it is also the crowning sacrament, but there are many other sacraments (and I don't like to number them) and "sacramentals", if you must call them this, which are also "blessed" precisely because they are all Holy Mysteries of the Church.  ("Mystery" is really the more correct term for "sacrament" in Orthodoxy, btw.)

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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2005, 05:32:25 PM »

Actually in all the churches I have been in, The Body dipped in The Blood is stored in the tabernacle on the altar, not on the prosklomede table, although in humid areas it may be dried there. What is in the chalice is consumed by the deacon or priest after the Divine Liturgy.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2005, 05:33:56 PM »


Anotherwords, does the Orthodox Church have the Blessed Sacrament at all times, too?  ÃƒÆ’‚ So., whenever you go into the church, you are sure that is the case?  ÃƒÆ’‚ Or, does that only occur while they are waiting to take the Sacrament to the sick, etc...
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Hello Irene,

In the majority Eastern Orthodox tradition, the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle which rests on the altar, the holy table.  The tabernacle can have many forms but its purpose is basically that of the Roman Church, to store the Sacred Species (in the form of the Body). ÂÂ

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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2005, 09:02:54 PM »

Hi,

I understand better after reading your posts. 

It's a bit of shifting gears, takes a bit of undoing, from RC to Orthodox,  but I agree with the Orthodox way.  I always end up agreeing with the reasoning behind the doctrine, too.

Thank you.
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