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Τρίτη, 10 Ιουλίου 2018

Q: When should we begin or start our fast prior to receiving Holy Communion?


A: Although the Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church, Jews, and Muslims all reckon that a liturgical day begins and ends with sunset, most people (apart from those living in monastic communities) prefer to utilize the more modern practice of determining a day as beginning and ending at twelve o'clock midnight (12:00 a.m.). Therefore, when one is preparing to receive the Eucharist (Holy Communion) at a following morning's Divine Liturgy, fasting from all food and drink should commence from midnight on wards. This of course also applies to the use of all tobacco products, chewing gum, candy, and/or breadth fresheners.

Although this is considered standard protocol, some parishioners are concerned whether it is permissible to take oral prescription medications (with water and in some instances a limited amount of food). In these instances there can be no hard, fast rule or "blanket answer" covering all situations. If you have a specific question regarding your own unique medication needs, please discuss this with the priest individually or during your next Confession. In this way a determination will be made upon a case by case basis.

Fr. John

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