Finnish Church should apologize for issue of gluten-free Communion, says Metropolis of Piraeus

Piraeus, Greece, November 30, 2021     

The Finnish Church’s investigation into the possibility of providing gluten-free Communion to those who suffer from celiac disease is “is a clear challenge to the sanctifying and redemptive power of the Eucharist. It is also a direct insult against the Holy Spirit, a desecration of the Holy Mysteries, and disrespect to the Church and its 2,000-year Tradition,” believes the Office of Heresies and Cults of the Metropolis of Piraeus of the Orthodox Church of Greece.

In fact, the Finnish Church should apologize to God and the faithful, the Office’s statement reads.

“Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to save the human race and all creation from the bondage of Satan, the bondage of sin, corruption, and death,” the Office reminds, emphasizing that our saving union with Christ takes places precisely in the Church, in the Holy Eucharist.

The statement is published by Vima Orthodoxias.

Through Communion, we are integrated into Christ and are gradually freed from corruptibility and mortality, receiving the eternal life of Christ.

Thus, the devil has devised a number of attacks against Communion throughout history, including charges of cannibalism, and the denial of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, as we see in certain Protestant confessions.

And today, in the midst of the COVID pandemic, there are those who argue for the use of disposable spoons for giving Communion to the faithful, which “questions the incalculable saving and purifying power of Holy Communion,” the Metropolis’ Office writes.

And turning to the specific issue with the Finnish Church, the Office begins by recalling that Metropolitan Ambrose of Helsinki invited a female Lutheran bishop into the altar in 2015, while the Patriarchate of Constantinople, to which the Finnish Church belongs, “continues to whistle indifferently.”

The statement then recalls that in February 2020, the Finnish Synod appointed a priest to investigate the possibility of offering gluten-free Communion and to investigate the Greek Church’s stance on the issue. The priest later reported that the Greek Church has no developed position on this issue, and thus the Finnish Synod resolved that Archbishop Leo of Helsinki will appeal to the Patriarchate of Constantinople for guidance.

The Piraeus Office of Heresies and Cults believes it is no coincidence that this issue is being raised at the same time as the issue of transmitting COVID via Communion and the use of disposable spoons.

For the Office, the issue of gluten in the Eucharist is not a real problem, as it’s theologically impossible to get sick from Communion, because the Risen Christ offers immortality. There has never been a case of the transmission of disease or death by Communion in the history of the Church, the Office argues.

In the Office’s view, the Finnish Church has raised this issue now because of ecumenism, which “has dangerously diminished the Orthodox sense of the Orthodox,” and especially in the diaspora. It’s no coincidence that question about gluten in Communion first arose in Western confessions, the Office writes.

Unfortunately, the leadership of the Finnish Church has a very ecumenical past, including celebrating Pascha according to the Western dating, against the First Ecumenical Council. And raising the issue of gluten is really about, the Office believes, convening with “unrepentant heretics.” Every such step is a further preparation for the Antichrist, the Office explains, and so, for Orthodoxy, such convocation with heretics means the renunciation of the saving teachings and practices of the Orthodox Church.

This issue “is a clear challenge to the sanctifying and redemptive power of the Eucharist. It is also a direct insult against the Holy Spirit, a desecration of the Holy Mysteries, and disrespect to the Church and its 2,000-year Tradition.”

In conclusion, the Office calls on the Finnish Church to apologize for raising and looking into the issue:

“We hope and wish that the Ecumenical Patriarchate will refuse this horrible innovation, the impious experimentation and interventionism in the Holy Sacrament, and that the hierarchs of the Finnish Orthodox Church will realize their great error and apologize to God and the grievously scandalized people of God!”

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Simon Wiesenthal 2.012/4/2021 1:18 am
Yes banderite, obviously. As any Orthodox faithful will tell you, the Holy Mother Church has twelve autocephalous Orthodox Patriarchates: the Abkhazian Orthodox Church, the Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahedo Church, the Macedonian Orthodox Church, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the Orthodox Church of Czech Lands and Slovakia, the Polish Orthodox Church, the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. Similarly, there are twelve schismatic (anti-)"churches" that have cut themselves off from the Holy Mother Church, yes proclaim themselves to be autocephalous "orthodox" "patriarchates": the Albanian "orthodox" "church", the Bulgarian "orthodox" "church", the "church" of Cyprus, the "church" of Greece, the "ecumenical" "patriarchate" of Constantinople, the Georgian "orthodox" "church", the Greek "orthodox" "patriarchate" of Antioch, the Greek "patriarchate" of Alexandria, the "orthodox" "church" in America, the "orthodox" "church" of Ukraine, the "patriarchate" of Jerusalem, and the Serbian "orthodox" "church".
Panagiotis12/3/2021 3:53 pm
The Macedonian Church is the mother Church of the Serbian Orthodox Church????????????????????... The Macedonian Church is the mother Church of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greece????????????????????????.. The Macedonian Church is the mother Church of the Albanian Orthodox Church????????????????????.. The Macedonian Church is the mother Church of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church????????????????????????????.. I hope all of the Patriarchs and Bishops of all of the Orthodox Churches know this????????????????????????????????????...
Simon Wiesenthal 2.012/2/2021 1:11 pm
Yes banderite, since the self-proclaimed Greek "orthodox" "church", like self-proclaimed Bulgarian, Serbian and Albanian "orthodox" "churches", chose split from the Holy Mother Church that is represented in the region by the Macedonian Patriarchate, they are schismatics.
Panagiotis12/2/2021 3:19 am
Metropolitan Seraphim is one of the most Conservative Orthodox Bishops in the world... He strongly opposes the ecumenical nonsense movement.... He strongly opposes the destruction of the traditional nuclear family... He strongly Supports The Russian Orthodox Church... Yet someone apparently referred to him as a Greek schismatic?...... Just my humble opinion...
Simon Wiesenthal 2.012/1/2021 7:30 am
How telling to see that even in these dark times, the Greek schismatics still have nothing better to do than seeking to start irrelevant squabbles...
Daniel Smith12/1/2021 2:59 am
This is why I am with Archbishop Kallinikos of Athens.
Panagiotis12/1/2021 2:37 am
God bless the Metropolis of Piraeus..... I encourage everyone to read the Wikipedia article about this Orthodox Metropolitan who invited a so-called "female bishop" of Finnish Lutheran Church, into the Holy Orthodox Altar... If my memory serves me correct, the article states that the Church in Constantinople did indeed criticize this action, God bless the Church in Constantinople for upholding our Holy Orthodox Tradition concerning this matter... The article also states, if my memory is correct, that this Metropolitan was formerly a Lutheran minister, and that he had also formerly cooperated with freemasons. Surprised???.. ... Many of those who were directly or indirectly responsible for the overthrow of Holy Tzar Martyr Nicholas II had masonic connections ... In my humble opinion the masons should be banned from receiving Holy Communion in all Orthodox Churches ..... I also hope that the Patriarch of Constantinople and All Orthodox Patriarchs and Bishops of All Orthodox Churches no longer participate in any type of ecumenical movement... Our Holy Orthodox Faith and Church is the only true faith and the only true church, therefore there is no need for the ecumenical nonsense movement... We should be like an island unto ourselves, and if someone sincerely wants to become Orthodox then let them come to us and we will gladly accept them.... I strongly urge all my Orthodox Brothers to educate themselves, as knowledge is vital .... Just my humble opinion....
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