How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

Nika Kravchuk
30.08.2017

How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

How to behave before Holy Communion? Can I brush my teeth and drink medicine in the morning? What not to do after the Eucharist? Do I need to continue fasting? Why it is not necessary to put prostrations? Is it allowed to kiss icons? Is there a ban on products with pits? Answers to questions, read the article.

Christ communes the apostles

The mystery that unites man with God

Communion (Eucharist) - the central mystery of the Church. Thanks to him, a person already on earth can connect with Christ. After coming to the cup, we eat not the bread and the wine, but the Body and Blood of Christ, thus taking the Savior into our hearts.

And this is not some kind of symbolic action, but a reality. So that people literally do not get scared when they see Flesh and Blood in the cup, the Lord encourages us to eat the Holy Gifts under the guise of bread and wine. But in the history of Christianity one can find many cases where those who approached the cup with doubts were horrified at some moment.They saw with their own eyes a bloody liquid and even felt the taste of flesh in their mouths. Anyone can get acquainted with such examples in Christian literature, many cases are described in Archpriest Vyacheslav Tulupov’s book “The Miracle of Holy Communion”.

But we would like to draw the reader’s attention to a slightly different topic - how to behave on the day of Communion - and talk about some myths.

Bowl with the Holy Gifts

We have already written about the preparation for the Eucharist in the article “Communion for the first time - how to prepare?”. Here you can learn in detail how to fast, what prayer rules to read and in general how to behave the day before.

How to behave in the morning before the sacrament of the Eucharist?

On Holy Communion Day, one should not simply “subtract” the morning rule and “finish” the follow-up. First of all, it is necessary to pray carefully for the Lord to grant us communion. We are all unworthy of the Body and Blood of the Savior, so we must gratefully accept this life-giving gift.

Do you brush your teeth?

People often ask the question: is it possible to brush my teeth in the morning? Some "orthodox" believe that it is impossible. But many priests answer: it is possible. Why?

Mom and daughter brush their teeth

If it is unpleasant for a person to go to work, to communicate with people because of uncomfortable smell from the mouth,then how can he, in this form and with such a feeling, approach the Chalice? We must come to Christ with a pure heart and clean lips. In all senses.

Communion and medication

Another problematic question: how to take communion, if you must drink pills in the morning?

Bishop Mark Golovkov says that tablets are not food, but medicine. If you have serious health problems and it is dangerous for you to interrupt a course of a certain drug, then you should not give up the pills and the Holy Communion.

If you take any vitamins or nutritional supplements, and nothing serious happens when you drink them not in the morning, but in the afternoon, then why panic? You can quietly take communion, but already coming home, take vitamins or drugs.

If everything is more or less clear with the behavior before Communion, then with what can and cannot be done after receiving the Holy Gifts, many questions remain.

What can and can not after Holy Communion?

Do prostrations bow? Can I spit? Is it possible to kiss this day? Do you brush your teeth in the evening? To many, these questions will seem ridiculous, but nevertheless, they often concern participants.

Cadet takes communion

You can't sin

If you ask the priest what you should not do after Communion, he will most likely answer with one word: “Sin.”
Why? Because you have received Christ in your heart. And God is sinless. It cannot be combined with sin. Therefore, if we begin to violate the commandments, we literally drive the Savior out of our heart.

That is why after the Sacrament of the Eucharist it is advised to be especially careful not to lose the accepted grace. It is considered that one should speak little, pray more, thank God, and if possible avoid empty talk and companies.
After all, if the demon can not tempt us directly, then try to do it through relatives and friends, or even random people.

Always thank

If a person does something good or pleasant to us, then I want to thank him. But how to thank the Lord, who for the sake of our salvation accepted the death of the cross and gave us the opportunity to unite with him in the Sacrament of the Eucharist? No earthly words are enough. But this does not mean at all that it is not necessary to try.

Woman prays before the icon

After Communion, it is worth carefully reading the prayers of thanks, as well as expressing gratitude in your own words. The main thing is sincerity and faith.

To bow or not to bow?

It is believed that on the day of Holy Communion should not put prostrations. Why?

Kneeling is a sign of repentance, weeping for sins. And the communion person rejoices, and does not cry and grieve. He received Christ in his heart.

Do you follow the post further?

Some confessors bless their spiritual children throughout the day to refrain from fast food and wine. It is worth saying that there are no such regulations. Where did this custom come from then?

Served table

After Holy Communion it is very easy to dispel grace. And a hearty meal can contribute to this. You had a good lunch, then you wanted to sleep. Thoughts about prayer and the meaning of the Sacrament faded into the background. That's because of this, some priests do not bless to eat heavy fatty foods and drink wine.

But a moderate meal, even if it contains meat, dairy products and wine, does no harm. So the main focus on this issue is moderation.

Is it possible to spit and eat berries with pits?

Surely you have heard from believers or even priests that after the Mystery of the Eucharist nothing can be spat out. How to understand this and whether to adhere to this rule?

This prohibition is associated with pious affection in order not to accidentally spit out a piece of the Holy Gifts. But in order to minimize such a risk, after Communion, we must take a drink - holy water or diluted wine and pieces of prosphora.

Wash queue after Communion

Moreover: during Holy Communion, it is advised to swallow a piece completely, without chewing it. Then you will have no fear - what if I accidentally spit out a piece with food, while brushing my teeth in the evening.

Some priests still advise against insurance to avoid certain foods, because of which we will have to "spit": fish with bones, berries with bones, and so on. If you had to use them, it is often advised to carefully collect the bones and burn them.

In general, the opinions of priests differ on this issue: some say that there is a sense in such actions, while others urge not to ward off the mosquito.

What do you do? Either consult with a priest who has a confession, or act according to your conscience or avoid possible situations altogether. It is not necessary to eat products with stones on the day of Holy Communion.

Can I brush my teeth, kiss icons and relatives?

If you took the Communion by swallowing a piece without chewing, then it is hardly worth worrying that you inadvertently clean out a piece of the Holy Gifts. If there are any beatings, then perhaps you should refrain from evening care for your teeth.

And the last question from this category: is it possible to attach to and kiss relatives?

Attaching to icons

Banning to kiss the cross and icons looks like an expression of excessive piety. After the Sacrament of the Eucharist can and should be attached to the shrines.

There are no specific prohibitions on kissing relatives, matrimonial kisses. But the communion should, whenever possible, refrain from sensory experiences and devote more time to prayer. In general, this is purely individual.

The priest Maxim Kaskun also tells about what cannot be done after Communion:


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    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths


    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths

    How to behave on Holy Communion: truth and myths