St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church
Receiving Holy Communion
For our friends and visitors who are not Orthodox, please note that the Orthodox Church has specific disciplines regarding receiving Communion. We ask that you refrain from going to Communion until you have spoken with Fr. Gregory and understand our discipline and piety regarding this sacrament and its implication for responsibility towards and membership in the Orthodox church.
Only baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves should approach the chalice. In general, this preparation, in consultation with one's spiritual father, would include fasting from food and drink since the night before and going to Confession periodically. For evening Liturgies, the pre-Communion fasting period generally begins about noon.