I might add that while the bread offered during the communion portion may or may not be offered to visitors, depending on the bishop/parish, the blessed bread offered after the service is offered to everyone as a universal practice...at least in every parish I've ever seen.
I always found it nice; while not everyone can receive communion, everyone can still participate in the blessed bread together, members, visitors, etc.
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From: jfowl100 <jfowl100@...
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2008 11:59:40 AM
Subject: [LutheransLookingEast] First experience with Orthodox worship today and "blessed bread"
I attended my first Orthodox worship service this morning. Very
beautiful - I was moved to tears a few times during the service.
I obviously did not participate in Holy Communion, but two women came
back from Communion and gave me some bread. I trusted that it was ok
to eat it and noticed other people being given bread who did not go up
I was curious about the meaning/history of this practice. It is very
unique (at least to me) and I was just curious about the tradition
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