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What prayers does the Greek Archdiocese use for persons preparing alone for communion?

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#1 H. Smith

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 07:09 PM

The website for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto has a set of pre-communion prayers:
 

 

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Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada)
Prayers Before and After Communion
PRAYERS BEFORE COMMUNION

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere and
fillest all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and
abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O
Good One.

Psalm 23
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First Prayer of St. Basil the Great
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First Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
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Prayer of St. Symeon the Translator
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First Prayer of St. John Damascene
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Second Prayer of St. Basil the Great
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Second Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
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Third Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
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Second Prayer of St. John Damascene
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Fourth Prayer of St. John Chrysostom

http://www.gometropo...fter-communion/


On the other hand, the Greek Archdiocese has a far longer set of prayers in the form of the "Service of Preparation of Holy Communion" in "The Synekdemos: Daily Prayers for Orthodox Christians", excerpts from which I am posting below. The Service of Preparation is laid out as performed over several days. The title "'Service' of Preparation", the fact that it is to be performed over several days, and the inclusion of a Dismissal suggest to me that the "Service of Preparation" below is to be conducted by a priest in church.

 
So are the prayers on the website of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto for private preparation, whereas the Service of Preparation for a priestly service in a church?
 

 
 

https://www.goarch.o...repforCommunion



The Synekdemos: Daily Prayers for Orthodox Christians
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Service of Preparation of Holy Communion

Glory to you, our God, glory to you. Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who are present everywhere filling things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life, come and dwell in us. Cleanse us of every stain, and save our souls, gracious Lord.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (3).
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Psalm 50 (51)
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Psalm 69 (70)
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Psalm 142 (143)
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Doxology
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The Symbol Of Faith
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First Ode Second Tone

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Theotokion
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Third Ode
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Dismissal

May Christ our true God have mercy upon us and save us through the intercessions of his most pure and holy Mother, and of all your Saints, for he is a good and loving God. Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us, and save us. Amen.

On The Next Day

After the usual morning prayers say:
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (3).
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Psalm 22 (23)
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Psalm 23 (24)
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Psalm 115
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Then the following hymns:
Tone 6
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On Holy And Great Thursday
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Instructive Verses

How one should approach the immaculate Mysteries

As you are about to eat the body of the Master, approach with fear lest you be burned, for it is fire....

First Prayer: Saint Basil
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#2 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 05:17 PM

My understanding is that the Service of Preparation for Holy Communion is read privately - I have not heard of it being used as a service in church. The service is found, for example, in the HTM Prayer Book. The Toronto pre-communion prayers are the prayers found at the end of the Service of Preparation, and could be thought to be the minimum preparation for receiving the Holy Gifts. The full Russian preparation is much longer.



#3 Olga

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 10:54 PM

I'll add that the only communion prayers which might be read in church are the post-communion prayers. If done, it is after the liturgy ends, and during the time the rest of the congregation files past the priest to receive the final blessing and antidoron. The communicants (or some of them) gather in a corner of the nave below the solea, where one of them reads the prayers in a low voice.







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