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Offline Mo the Ethio

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Can I take communion in an Armenian Church?
« on: October 16, 2006, 08:11:46 PM »
 There is an Armenian Church right around the corner where I live. I talked to the priest there and he said he had no problem serving communion to me and my kids( we are eastern Orthodox,OCA).
 I also talked to my Priest , he said he did not have a problem with it,though he tends to lean towards the liberal side.
 I would like to hear from our learned board on this issue.


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Re: Can I take communion in an Armenian Church?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2006, 08:30:27 PM »
There is an Armenian Church right around the corner where I live. I talked to the priest there and he said he had no problem serving communion to me and my kids( we are eastern Orthodox,OCA).
 I also talked to my Priest , he said he did not have a problem with it,though he tends to lean towards the liberal side.
 I would like to hear from our learned board on this issue.


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No.  Your priest is DANGEROUSLY too liberal.  His Bishop would not be happy and could possibly suspend depose him if he knew.  I doubt that I'm being inaccurate in my speculation either.

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Re: Can I take communion in an Armenian Church?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2006, 08:33:00 PM »
I was kind of worried about that.   Thanks .

 
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Re: Can I take communion in an Armenian Church?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2006, 09:51:11 PM »
A lot of Armenian priests, including my own, will give communion to EO's, stating that there is no difference between us.  I know of at least one Greek church in my area which gives communion to Armenians, so there is some reciprocity in this. 

However, there is some controversy about this and I recently heard a deacon from another Armenian church speak out and condemn the practice, since we are not formally in communion and the EO's still consider some of our saints to be heretics, etc.

If you do not trust your priest's opinion on this, ask your bishop.  If your bishop tells you it's O.K. and you still don't feel right about it, then maybe you still shouldn't take Communion in the Armenian Church.  It is not worth it if it is going to cause some lingering doubts in the back of your mind.  The doubts may eventually turn to regret and that is not a good thing. 

I personally don't take communion in EO churches, even though my priest (and probably my bishop) wouldn't have a problem with it.  Even though I believe we are of the same faith, I still think we need to go through some formal process of union before we should be taking communion in each other's churches. 
 
That's just my  2 cents.