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Ecumenical Patriarch: Holy Communion Does NOT Transmit Coronavirus

Bartholomew of Constantinople made it “crystal clear” that the Orthodox will not change the way Holy Communion is distributed, OrthodoxTimes.com (August 9) writes.

Visiting the Russian St. Panteleimon monastery on Mount Athos, he said, “There is no danger of contracting the coronavirus when receiving Holy Communion.” Bartholomew congratulated the faithful for receiving Holy Communion.

The Byzantine Liturgy distributes Holy Communion with a spoon which is often licked by the faithful.

Only the Russian Church introduced different spoons, which are disinfected before they are used for another faithful.

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AngelusMaria
I thought all the "learned elders" have unanimously decided that Covid is spread through water droplets, hence the mask. Are there water droplets coming out of the Sacred Hosts?
Ultraviolet
I saw what U did thar and I'm going to let it slide. ;-)
AngelusMaria
I honestly did just for you :)
Caroline03
Well done to the Patriarch -
If Our Lord had NOT chosen a Authority to govern His Kingdom during His absence I really would have preferred to attend the Orthodox Church - After reading above, it can be said that you are saintly and are setting a marvelous example - God Bless you.

I'll copy and paste this from another post -

The new Orthodox Study Bible omits half of Isaiah 22:22 - the text quot…More
Well done to the Patriarch -
If Our Lord had NOT chosen a Authority to govern His Kingdom during His absence I really would have preferred to attend the Orthodox Church - After reading above, it can be said that you are saintly and are setting a marvelous example - God Bless you.

I'll copy and paste this from another post -

The new Orthodox Study Bible omits half of Isaiah 22:22 - the text quoted by Christ in Matthew 16:19' legitimising Peter as Christ's Chief Steward/Prime Minister. (A long standing custom for e Kingdom of Israel) When the King was absent He authorized a representative to govern in His stead.

The King of the House of David (Which Christ is forever ) historically chose a Prime Minister , gave him the Keys to the Kingdom and the Legal power to open/shut or bind/Loose Legislative Laws. This PM (Chief Steward) was given power to rule Israel in the Kings Absence.

Christ said to Peter in Matthew 16

[18] And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. [19] And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

drbo.org/chapter/47016.htm

Here is the text in Isaiah 22: that Christ clearly quoted from - thereby instructing Peter that he was to be Ruler in His absence.....

".....he shall be as a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Juda. [22] And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder: and he shall open, and none shall shut: and he shall shut, and none shall open. drbo.org/…-bin/d?b=drb&bk=27&ch=22&l=23-23] And I will fasten him as a peg in a sure place, and he shall be for a throne of glory to the house of his father.
drbo.org/chapter/27022.htm

HOWEVER Isaiah 22 appears like THIS in the Orthodox Bible.... clearly missing the legitimate text used by Christ to allot His Chief Steward - the Pope. St Peter.

worldhistory.biz/…_Orthodox_Study_Bible_-_St.pdf

20Then it shall be in that day, I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah. † 21 I will clothe him with your robe and give your crown to him, and I will commit your power and your stewardship into his hands. He shall be like a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and Judah. 22I will give him 23 the glory of David, and he shall rule, and no one will oppose him. 23I will establish him as a ruler in a trustworthy place, and he will become a glorious throne to his father's house.

Isaiah 22 according to the Dead Sea Scrolls which is known to be an authentic replica of the pre-Christian era Old Testament. It is clear from reading Isaiah 22 : 22 that the ancient Prime Minister text is incomplete in the Orthodox Study Bible -

"he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. 22 I will lay the key of David’s house on his shoulder. He will open, and no one will shut. He will shut, and no one will open. 23 I will fasten him like a nail in a sure place. He will be for a throne of glory to his father’s house. 24 They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, every small vessel, from the cups even to all the pitchers."
dssenglishbible.com/isaiah 22.htm

why has the recent Orthodox Study Bible omitted the complete version of Isaiah 22:22 - historically given as proof that Our Lord picked Peter to be His Chief Minister in charge of ruling over His Church?

The shortened version they use is not an authentic Septuagint translation either - I have a copy of the Greek Septuagint version w. apocrypha on my shelves & that includes the full version of Isaiah 22:22
Arthur McGowan
It is heretical to say that the Sacred Species are PHYSICALLY different from unconsecrated bread and wine. And anyone who says that microbes are killed by physical contact with the Sacred Species is saying precisely that.
Caroline03
??? My post has not discussed the topic you are querying Arthur - perhaps you placed your reply in the wrong place? 😊 I'm the "check you've not got a heretical translation of Isaiah 22:22 in your Bible" poster - A heresy also - admittedly - but not linked with your comment in the slightest. ....... 😊
God Bless.
V.R.S.
I've always thought he is a schismatic bishop not an "ecumenical patriarch". I have also thought that "orthodox" means "one keeping the Catholic Faith" - therefore, someone rejecting the dogma on the Immaculate Conception cannot be labeled as "orthodox" (rather as "heretical"). My mistake - as @Ultraviolet has observed English is not my native language.
Ultraviolet
That heartbreaking moment when schismatic clerics are more faitfhul to the teachings of The Church than modern Catholic ones.
Arthur McGowan
It is heretical to say that the Sacred Species are PHYSICALLY different from unconsecrated bread and wine. And anyone who says that microbes are killed by physical contact with the Sacred Species is saying precisely that.
AngelusMaria
@Arthur Uhhhhh......didn't all the so-called "experts" agree that Covid is passed through water droplets and that's what those dang masks are for? So unless you are arguing that the Sacred Species emits water droplets, I think we can see that they don't transmit Covid.