Orthodox ping to the Pope’s comments of +John Chrysostomos!
+BXVI: “He tirelessly repeats that preparation for Holy Communion must include penitence for sins and gratitude for the sacrifice Christ made for our salvation. Thus, he exhorts the faithful to participate fully and devotedly in the rites of divine liturgy and to receive Holy Communion in the same way.”
Look familiar, from the DL at communion time?:
“I believe, O Lord, and I confess that thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, who didst come into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. And I believe that this is truly thine own immaculate Body, and that this is truly thine own precious Blood. Wherefore I pray thee, have mercy upon me and forgive my transgressions both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, of knowledge and of ignorance; and make me worthy to partake without condemnation of thine immaculate Mysteries, unto remission of my sins and unto life everlasting. Amen. Of thy Mystic Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of thy Mystery to thine enemies, neither will I give thee a kiss as did Judas; but like the thief will I confess thee: Remember me, O Lord, in thy Kingdom. Not unto judgement nor unto condemnation be my partaking of thy Holy Mysteries, O Lord, but unto the healing of soul and body.”
I checked the Vatican’s Web site for an English version of the Pope’s letter. So far, there is only an Italian version. As soon as I notice an English version, I will post it.
“May the Fathers of the Church,” the Pope concludes, “become a stable point of reference for all Church theologians.”
I still continue to be impressed Pope Benedict. Unlike what many of my secular “christian” friends think mankind is NOT something better than we were then. It’s still the same problems in a new pair of shoes. The answers of the Holy Fathers are still the answers for today. Fortunately, the Orthodox Church never lost this concept.