For the sacrament of Holy Communion, you must prepare yourself by prayer, fasting, Christianly humble behavior and mood, as well as confession.
House and church prayer. A person who wishes to partake of the Holy Mysteries of Christ must at least 2-3 days in prayer prepare himself for this: pray more and more diligently at home in the morning and evening, attend church services. Before the day of Holy Communion, it is necessary to be in the evening service. At home, read the canons: repentant to the Lord Jesus Christ, prayerful to the Most Holy Theotokos, guardian angel, and also Follow to Holy Communion. Fast. Abstinence from skoromnoy food - meat, eggs, milk and dairy products, with strict fasting - and from fish is connected with prayer. The rest of the food must be moderated. Confession. A person who wishes to partake of the sacrament should, on the eve, before or after the evening divine service, bring sincere repentance of his sins to the priest, sincerely revealing his soul and not concealing any sin.Before confession, it is imperative to reconcile with both your offenders and those whom you hurt yourself to humbly ask forgiveness from everyone. At the confession it is better not to wait for the questions of the priest, but to express to him everything that is on the conscience, without justifying yourself in anything and not shifting the blame to others. In no case should one confess in confession, or talk about other people's sins.
If it is not possible to confess in the evening, it is necessary to do so before the beginning of the liturgy, in extreme cases, before the Cherubic Hymn. Without confession, no one except babies under 7 years old can be allowed to Holy Communion.
There is a good custom - after confession and before Holy Communion, do not eat, drink or smoke. Of course, it is prohibited after midnight. Communion should come strictly on an empty stomach. Abstinence from food and drink before Holy Communion should be taught and children.
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