BASIC: Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece.
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Hi Bruce, Great blogs. With the comment with women in Orthodox Church re communion, are you referring to the association of sin with the menstrual cycle and not permitted to take communion? Anne
No, I wasn’t thinking about any association of sin and menstruation, although obviously if that is the case in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, I would disagree with it. I was thinking about the ordination of women. When I was ordained thirty years ago the ordination of women was already the norm in the Episcopal Church of the United States, most of the Anglican Church of Australia, the Anglican Church of Uganda, the Anglican Church of South Africa, and the church I was ordained in, the Anglican Church of Canada; women were already being ordained as deacons in the Church of England, and since then women have been ordained as both priests and bishops.
I believe that in Orthodox Judaism (which is not to be confused with Orthodox Christianity), and following on passages in Leviticus, a woman is considered to be ritually impure by menstruation or any type of discharge. Furthermore, anyone who comes into contact with her is also considered impure, and may not offer a sacrifice at the Temple in Jerusalem. Consequently, sexual relations are prohibited during the time of menstruation. After her period of separation, she becomes ritually pure by bathing, ideally in a mikvah. It is probably important to note that menstruation itself is not sinful, but the breaking of the Torah commandments around it; ritual uncleanness is not the same thing as being stained with sin.
Bruce, I’ve found you at last!! I’m enjoying reading your material on the psalms. Hope you and Frances are enjoying your new ‘home’. Jeanette