Every liturgy is open for communion….

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Bishop Atanasije (Jevtic) of Hercegovina
Taken from the Institute of Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Institute in Phoenix, Arizona
(here at 9:48)

“….let’s not return to the Turkish times that we take communion once or three or four times a year. Every liturgy is open for communion. The prayers are read out loud. Who made that rule, where does that say that? It’s another thing that we have to fast but nowhere in the Canons or in the Tradition of the Church does it say that it’s an unconditional requirement that we fast before communion. That doesn’t exist. Show me that text. ……The fast is a fast and it’s a holy thing. But fasting is not a precondition for communion. The fifty days of Pascha was once all fast free. And they took communion…..Everything is completed with our participation and communion.. Unworthy! If we look at who is worthy and who isn’t worthy…we’ve missed the point of fasting….the greatest preparation for communion is humility and humility is the footstool of the Kingdom that’s why the holy Forty Days begins with the Sunday of Publican and the Pharisee….”

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