Thursday, August 05, 2004

I try to make the Sign of the Cross
whenever I pass a Catholic or Orthodox Church, as a sign of reverence for Our Lord's Presence in the Eucharist. James Akin posts on this custom, but he has a commenter who goes a step beyond....



3 Comments:

Blogger Kevin Jones said...

Do the Orthodox reserve the Blessed Sacrament? I thought it was a Western tradition.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Antipodean said...

Yes, the Orthodox certainly do believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Their Eucharist is recognised as valid by the Catholic Church.

However, unlike Catholics, they tend not to worship the Eucharist outside of the Divine Liturgy (Mass).

11:10 PM  
Blogger The Antipodean said...

Sorry, I missed the point on that comment. The Orthodox reserve the Eucharist, but not for adoration. They typically reserve a small amount for distribution to the sick and dying as viatacum (sp??). From my experience they pay no special attention to the location of the Eucharist within the church (e.g. genuflection), but do cross themselves when passing a church.

11:13 PM  

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