Agreed.anastasios said:I'll say one thing: when I am next to someone who has not brushed their teeth and they are singing in the choir it is absolutely disgusting and totally distracts me from worship.
Has anyone ever had the experience of their spiritual father instructing parishioners not to brush their teeth before receiving communion? I'd imagine(or at least I'd hope!) priests are concerning themselves with weightier issues. I heard in the Polish Church this teeth brushing question is a big deal...is that true Nektarios?+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¥+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¤+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¼-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦++-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© said:I voted that a person should brush their teeth but I would like to attach an "*" to my vote.
I personally think they should be brushed (especially at the parish level), but if a spiritual father decides to tell people not to then I wouldn' argue or pass judgement.
Amen!prodromos said:Matthew 6:16-18
And when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, downcast in countenance; for they disfigure their faces, so that they may appear fasting to men: verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou , [when] fasting, anoint thy head and wash thy face, 18 so that thou mayest not appear fasting unto men, but to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who sees in secret shall render [it] to thee.
;D I can't stop laughing at this. Yes, I'm that cheesy too.Linus7 said:If you go without brushing long enough, does that make you anti-Crest?
Sorry. Sometimes I can't help myself.
What about those new listerine strips? Hmmm....Mor Ephrem said:I personally would make a distinction with stuff that you don't consume. For instance, I think bubble gum violates the fast, even if you don't consume it. But something like toothpaste is different. The latter is a matter of hygiene; the former is not.
I sort of do the same thing every morning for school. But then I ride my bike like a maniace to make a ten minute trip into a three minute one!7.57am for a class at 8.00am that was ten minutes away
If you keep doing that you may run into something and no longer have to worry about having any teeth to brush!+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¥+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¤+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¼-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦++-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© said:I sort of do the same thing every morning for school. But then I ride my bike like a maniace to make a ten minute trip into a three minute one!
Maybe bitterness is supposed to be the taste we have in our mouths when we don't brush our teeth?peteprint said:I know that this is an old thread. I happened to stumble upon this will surfing the web the other day:
"Before Communion, it is important not to brush your teeth or gargle water, in case water may accidentally be swallowed. St. Severus Bin Moqafaa says, “Many gargle their mouth by water then partake in the Communion and this is wrong. The mystery of God’s words to His servant Moses about the Passover lamb, who was an example of the Body of Christ, was to be eaten with bitterness, meaning bitterness of the mouth.”
I don't subscribe to this myself (I am not OO anyway) but I thought it strange; I had never heard anything about not brushing one's teeth before receiving communion. I don't see the relationship to the Moses verse at all.