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The Communion of the Sick

Anaphoras: The Book of
Divine Liturgies


Order of the Liturgy

Preparatory Order
Public Celebration
Kiss of Peace


St. James
St. Mark
St. Peter
Twelve Apostles
St. John
St. Xystus
St. Julius
St. John Chrysostom
St. Cyril
St. Jacob of Sarugh
St. Philoxenus
St. Severius
Mar Bar Salibi


Supplication to
    Virgin Mary
Consecration of
Purification of Altars
Blessing of Icons
For the Sick


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If a sick person is not able to come to church, and yet wishes to receive Holy Communion, the priest shall then take the Holy Eucharist to the sick person's home, wearing a stole around his neck with a cuff on his right hand. For the honor of the Holy Mysteries, the place where the sick person is lying must be thoroughly cleansed. Two candles must be prepared in order to be lit when the Holy Eucharist is given to the sick person and a glass filled with ordinary water for the priest to wash his fingers after he administers the Holy Communion to the sick person. As the priest walks through the streets, he must recite the following Psalms:

Have mercy upon me, O God...(Psalm 51)
O God, You are my God; on You I wait... (Psalm 63)
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork... (Psalm 19)
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights... (Psalm 148)

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