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How Often Should We Receive Holy Communion?

St Makarios of Corinth

      St Macarius Notaras, Bishop of Corinth To receive Communion the usual two or three times a year is good and helpful, but to receive Communion more frequently is far better. Remember, the nearer a person comes to the light, the more light he gets. The closer he draws to the fire, the warmer he is. The nearer ... Read More »

On the Prayer Before Communion

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom of Sourozh

By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Every time we come to Communion we say to the Lord that we come to Him Who is the Saviour of sinners, but we also state that we consider ourselves as the greatest of all. How much truth is there in such a statement when we make it? Or how can we make such a ... Read More »

Approaching the Holy Chalice

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By Metropolitan Anthony Bloom of Sourozh Every time we approach the holy chalice to receive Communion to the Body and Blood of Christ we say a prayer that contains words that must become true on our lips, otherwise they are a lie before God. We say to God that we are the worst sinner, we are the chief sinner that ... Read More »

ON LIES – Ascetical Discourses of St. Dorotheos of Gaza

96. Brethren, I want to remind you of a few things about falsehood. I see that you are not careful about holding your tongue and through that, we are easily led astray. You see, my brothers, as I always tell you, a habit can tend towards good or towards evil. We therefore need great vigilance so that we are not ... Read More »

Saint Paisios: “A Christian Must Not Be Fanatical”

Elder Paisios has been canonised as St Paisios of Athos

By Elder Paisios the Athonite A Christian must not be fanatical; he must have love for and be sensitive towards all people. Those who inconsiderately toss out comments, even if they are true, can cause harm. I once met a theologian who was extremely pious, but who had the habit of speaking to the secular people around him in a ... Read More »

Writings of Saint Nectarios of Aegina: An Anthology of Nectarian Teachings

Selected Passages From the Writings of Orthodox Saints Compiled by Father Demetrios Serfes Christianity. Christian religion is not a certain philosophic system, about which learned men, trained in metaphysical studies, argue and then either espouse or reject, according to the opinion each one has formed. It is faith, established in the souls of men, which ought to be spread to the ... Read More »