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Ukrainian Orthodox Church
of St. George
Holy Communion, also referred to as the Holy Eucharist, is the greatest of all the holy mysteries. It stands at the centre of the Orthodox Church's life.
Known by the saints as the "medicine of immortality and the antidote to death", the Orthodox Church believes that, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine truly become the Body and Blood of Christ.
With this understanding, the Church teaches that Holy Communion effects a physical and spiritual union between the believer and Christ, and through Christ between all believers. It is through the fellowship of the Eucharist that the Church is the "Body of Christ".
Because of its connection with membership in the "Body of Christ", the Orthodox permit only those adults, children and infants who are baptized and chrismated Orthodox Faithful, and who are in good standing with the Church (i.e. leading a life that does not jeopardize the individual's personal relationship with Christ) to receive Communion in the Orthodox Church.