Can non-Orthodox receive the Holy Eucharist?

Saint Peter & Saint Andrew Coptic Orthodox Church in Stamford ConnecticutOrthodox priests may only serve the Holy Eucharist to baptized members in good standing of the canonical Orthodox Church, who regularly confess, and who participate in the Church fasts, especially before partaking of the Holy Eucharist. These traditions are ancient and have been part of the Holy Church for the 2,000 years of Her history.

The Orthodox Church understands the Holy Eucharist as a mystery of the real presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, not simply as a memorial, or merely in a spiritual sense, as many other non-Orthodox Christians do. Rather than trying to accommodate to often varying “interpretations” or revisions of this and other doctrines of the ancient faith, we simply ask that you respect the ancient, apostolic tradition and join us in receiving the Eulogia (blessed bread), at the end of the Divine Liturgy.

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