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Why Orthodox Christians Practice Closed Communion

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Christians of other traditions are often hurt to find out that, if they approach the chalice for Holy Communion, the Orthodox priest will not commune them. This practice, of only communing members of the church, is called “Closed Communion.” Why do Orthodox Christians practice closed communion? Are Orthodox Christians being divisive by refusing to commune members of other traditions? Frederica explains, as best she can, in this video.

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