Shocking News from Canada: Archbishop Sotirios FORBIDS Children & Families from Receiving Communion!

ONLY THE NUNS WILL COMMUNE

On August 24th 2021 during the feast day of St. Kosmas the Aetolian, Archbishop Sotirios of Canada BANNED the laity from receiving Holy Communion at the monastery of St. Kosmas – established by the late Elder Ephraim of blessed memory just outside of Toronto in 1993.

The Archbishop announced during the service: “ONLY THE NUNS WILL COMMUNE – NO ONE ELSE!” After the sisters communed, the laity were NOT allowed to approach the Holy Chalice as can be seen in the video. Among the hundreds of faithful in attendance were also a very large number of children (of all ages) who remained “uncommuned”. As a result, the faithful respecting the mystery of Holy Communion taking place, waited patiently until after dismissal and began confronting the Archbishop with serious objections during the giving of antidoron, most of which can be heard in the recording.

The issue of Holy Communion in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada has been an ever-evolving subject since June of 2020, which interestingly – has not been a concern for most of the other Orthodox jurisdictions in the province of Ontario. Archbishop Sotirios is constantly applying immense pressure on the sisterhood to adopt the use of multiple spoons for the distribution of communion – we applaud the monastery’s uncompromising stance & stand by their side in defense of our Holy Tradition!

Full video below. Video description includes Greek description. Subtitles are in English.


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Shocking News from Canada: Archbishop Sotirios FORBIDS Children & Families from Receiving Communion!