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I am not worthy of communion!

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I am not worthy of communion!

Different thoughts about “frequent” and “rare” communion.

Do those who stand in line for confession participate in the Liturgy? Good question. Over the past centuries, the participation of the laity in the Liturgy has been perceived exclusively passively. This is facilitated by the practice of secretly reading priestly prayers, which for the most part express the common prayer of those standing in the temple. Even the so-called "personal" prayers of the priest (the prayers of the Cherubic Hymn, for example) are filled with a deep edifying meaning, useful to everyone in the temple. If the Liturgy just needs to be defended passively (and this is exactly how they understand participation in the service) without thinking about the texts, not responding to the cry of the priest, then it is easier to do this by moving in line for confession. And then there is no contradiction and the problem of combining these two completely different things. They sing and read something beautiful, the line for confession moves, you can even sing a little to the choir, and soon communion. What problems?

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So they called you for lunch. Well, regularly called for lunch, and now called. You can’t not come – respected people. It took a long time to prepare, clean the feathers, preen, dress up. Have come. We sat at the table. Before us laid appliances.

Stop! What does it mean to eat the proposed food? What does it mean to say “toasts / health resorts to the owner with a full glass”? Are you sure you deserve this ?! No, really !!! Cut the air with a knife, say beautiful words and clink glasses with an empty glass. The only way! Until you feel ready to have lunch every Sunday, you should try to sit at dinner with a feeling of gratitude to the people who called you. After all, participation in the celebration is first of all gratitude, is there really no reason for this in a week? You won’t turn a family dinner into a habit, because before people had a death behind them, but nothing would happen to us … (This is sarcasm, if that.) And the owner of the house will again look at you – refusing undeserved, but necessary meals – sad and amazed.

But at some point, through complex speculative calculations and reasoning, you decided that today is possible. We sat down at the table, lunch began. They bring food to you, pour wine into the bowl. It's your turn to make a toast. And here you, not content with a general phrase about your unworthiness (which is actually no secret to anyone for a long time), demand that one of the senior guests first admit you to this. And not just, but so that you can hear one on one why exactly you consider yourself unworthy and how much bad you have done. And pull his sleeve into the hallway. And here other guests also jump up and demand that they first hear about their outrages in the corner of the hallway, and without this they will no longer eat / drink … But how else!

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The funny thing is during Bright Week, when the same priest first inspires the words of St. John Chrysostom that the meal for all – fasting and not fasting – is prepared, and come to get enough, and then also heartily forbids communion to those who are not prepared and not fasting.

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You can’t often partake of communion, they say, but you get used to it. Awe is lost. Yes, probably right. Therefore:

– You can’t pray often – you get used to it. Awe is lost.

– You can’t often go to the temple – you get used to it. The fear of God disappears.

– And indeed. Often you can’t see your wife – you get used to it. Love disappears.

– Parents do not need to be pampered with attention – you get used to it, you stop being treated with respect.

– Children need to change or meet with them four times a year and on Angel Day, otherwise you get used to it.

– Often you do not need to breathe – you get used to it.

– Eat often is not necessary – four times a year and on Easter! Oh, Easter is not allowed either. So on angel day only. And then gratitude to God for daily bread is lost.

– And drink it once a year! And then thirst disappears!

So, maybe it's good to get used to the good?

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It seems to me that it would be wise to conduct part-time conversations for those who are walking for the first time or rarely, on a sacrament verse, like those announcing conversations that became mandatory before Baptism. And to regulate them at the discretion of the abbot, depending on who came. And then in confession we deal with explanations of everything, instead of confessing sins and repenting. In general, it would be nice to officially “divorce” confession and communion, as the Greeks now. Allocate for confession, say, Saturday, before the all-night service (during and after, as practice shows) or another day. And if there are two priests for needs, then divide the line of people who want to take communion into two streams: those who go for the first time or rarely, and regular parishioners. The latter, however, can be done without confession, because if a mortal sin is committed, you still cannot receive communion.

Well, if all this cannot be implemented now, then, I think, it is worth taking communion at each Liturgy with faith and reverence, and confessing once or twice a month separately, with the blessing of the confessor.

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