Historically, the Greek Orthodox Church had a very different perspective on menstruation than does the modern Church. The Church believed that menstruation is unclean and that it’s sexual intercourse is akin to physical immorality. Taking communion and being baptized during menstruation was considered a sin. The Church also believed that women should not get married during menstruation.
Taking the divine Mysteries could be equated with physical immorality
Taking the divine mysteries could be equated with physical immorality in the Greek orthodox church. The Church, as well as all religious groups, pursue God-commanded goals. However, the Church’s mission is not to compete with the state, but rather to save the world.
The Orthodox Church does not identify itself with the side in interethnic conflicts. Instead, it intercedes for the individual and social groups in need. The Church also opposes sinful phenomena.
The Church and the state come into contact with each other, in fact, it is expected that the state will respect the canons and statutes of the Church. However, the Church should not be browbeaten by the state or forced to obey its orders. The Church should also oppose the state’s attempts to make its power absolute.
The Bible says that “this world” is only partially obedient to God. Nevertheless, it is only through the Church that people can be sanctified, which means that they can become self-aware and grow in holiness. It is also the Church’s mission to defend its motherland against the enemy.
Eustathian menstruation uncleanness and sexual intercourse
During the Old Testament period, menstruation was viewed as a sign of uncleanness of the female body. It was believed that blood contact would darken the air and cause plant withering. It was believed that this contact would attract demons. During menstruation, women were prohibited from entering temples. They could not receive communion or baptism. They were also unable to work in a place where there were sacred vessels.
The Jewish law also considered menstruation unclean. It was believed that blood was a sign of sexuality, and that it was a defilement of the embryo. It was also believed that a mother remained unclean for forty days after giving birth.
In the early church, holy fathers did not deny the Old Testament teachings. But they did treat the concept of purity as a means of separating the body from sin. They wrote canons for temple services.
These canons stated that women could not touch holy things, and that they could not approach the tabernacle. They also stated that women should not eat pork. These laws were most lenient for virgins who had not yet started menstruating.
Modern priests are against women taking communion, being baptized and getting married during menstruation
During the past few decades, modern priests in the Greek orthodox church have been against women taking communion, being baptized, and getting married during menstruation. These policies are rooted in the concept of women being a sexual threat. They also have a negative impact on women’s experience in the Orthodox church.
A recent discussion on a Christian online forum has revealed the mixed message of Orthodox parishes about this issue. Some parishes allow women to pray in the temple, while others prohibit women from attending church services during menstruation. Others allow women to work without regard to their monthly cycle. In addition, some parishes allow early women to attend Pascha, while others prohibit women from attending the celebration.
There are many different theories on why menstruation is a prohibition against attending church. Some believe that this prohibition stems from the pagan rites of the Slavs, where women were not allowed to take part in certain rituals during certain days of the month. Some clergyman believe that this prohibition is a canon that has fallen out of favor.
Russian Orthodox Church regulations based on “ritual impurity”
Traditionally, women in the Russian Orthodox Church have been excluded from receiving Holy Communion and the celebration of the Sacrament of the Altar. There are various regulations that vary between parishes. Most of these are based on the concept of “ritual impurity.”
Although the belief in “ritual impurity” does not primarily affect women, it has salvific implications for Orthodox teachings on salvation by grace. For instance, it may be the case that girl babies become ritually impure when they mature. This could have serious implications for the teaching that salvation is based on the grace of God rather than human merit.
It is also important to note that the belief in “ritual impurity” has been a thorn in the side of the Orthodox Church since the early ages. The Canons of Hippolytus, for instance, restricted women to baptism and midwives. The Canons of Dionysius, on the other hand, held that the woman who touches Christ’s garment is unclean. This reasoning has long since been invalidated in modern society. It is therefore important for the Church to reexamine its position on ritual impurity.