Who may receive the Holy Mysteries

at St Nicholas Orthodox Church?

Dallas Texas

The received tradition of the Orthodox church is that those who receive the Holy Mysteries:

  • Are Orthodox Christians,
  • Have worshipped in the evening service on Saturday,
  • Fasted from all food and drink from Midnight onwards,
  • Read the communion prayers prior to liturgy (or
  • listened to them, when they were read in church),
  • And made their confession Saturday or Sunday, or recently, according to the direction of their confessor.

Any exceptions to this ancient rule (and other requirements or suggestions) are at the discretion of the pastor, and are always on an individual basis.

If you are a visitor, and are not able to confess to the pastor, or introduce yourself prior to the liturgy, we ask that you talk to Fr. Seraphim after the service, and refrain from communion this morning.

Everyone is invited to kiss the cross at the end of the liturgy. It is the Orthodox Tradition that the "antidiron" (bread which was blessed at the liturgy, and is given out after the final blessing) should only be taken by Orthodox Christians.

We always have a meal following the Divine Liturgy, where we have the pleasure of offering hospitality to all who have worshipped with us this morning. This would be a perfect time to meet Fr. Seraphim, and all the rest of our community.

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St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas