Full communion

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'''Full communion''' is the normal status between [[autocephaly|autocephalous]] and [[autonomy|autonomous]] churches of the Orthodox Church.  [[Clergy]] may [[concelebration|concelebrate]] and the [[laity|faithful]] of those churches may worship and receibe the [[sacraments]] at each other's [[parish]] and [[monastery|monastic]] communities.
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'''Full communion''' is the normal status between [[autocephaly|autocephalous]] and [[autonomy|autonomous]] churches of the Orthodox Church.  [[Clergy]] may [[concelebration|concelebrate]] and the [[laity|faithful]] of those churches may worship and receive the [[sacraments]] at each other's [[parish]] and [[monastery|monastic]] communities.
  
 
A break in communion is known as [[schism]], and may be brief or prolonged.  Usually the term ''schism'' is not used except when the break has no definite end in sight.  A suspension of concelebration is not the same as a break in communion—faithful and clergy may still receive the sacraments together at each other's [[altar]]s, but clergy may not celebrate divine [[services]] together.  When a suspension in concelebration has occurred, the phrase ''full communion'' is not typically used to describe those churches' relation with each other.
 
A break in communion is known as [[schism]], and may be brief or prolonged.  Usually the term ''schism'' is not used except when the break has no definite end in sight.  A suspension of concelebration is not the same as a break in communion—faithful and clergy may still receive the sacraments together at each other's [[altar]]s, but clergy may not celebrate divine [[services]] together.  When a suspension in concelebration has occurred, the phrase ''full communion'' is not typically used to describe those churches' relation with each other.
  
 
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[[Category:Ecclesiology]]

Revision as of 09:43, December 19, 2005

Full communion is the normal status between autocephalous and autonomous churches of the Orthodox Church. Clergy may concelebrate and the faithful of those churches may worship and receive the sacraments at each other's parish and monastic communities.

A break in communion is known as schism, and may be brief or prolonged. Usually the term schism is not used except when the break has no definite end in sight. A suspension of concelebration is not the same as a break in communion—faithful and clergy may still receive the sacraments together at each other's altars, but clergy may not celebrate divine services together. When a suspension in concelebration has occurred, the phrase full communion is not typically used to describe those churches' relation with each other.

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