The Holy Communion does not make people sick – photo journal from the Chapel of Holy Unmercenary Healers

Holy Communion does not make people sick because the Holy Communion is truly the real Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, the giver of life. Let us not forget that this teaching is basic in the Church which has passed through the history of pandemics much harsher than the one which we pass today.

Holy Communion gives the true life, it does not destroy the life – neither the biological nor, especially, the spiritual. It is a blasphemy to say this, but people in ignorance say it.

For this very reason we will bring some testimonies regarding this:

Holy Communion does not make people sick: testimonies

Saint Anthimos of Chios and Saint Nicephoros the leper

Saint Anthimos of Chios regularly communed lepers and tuberculosis patients. Doctors and scientists have told him not to do this because it is a major infection source, especially for himself.

Surrounded by the constant pressure of doctors, he, after he communed all these sick people, consumed the Holy Gifts in front of the open royal doors, so that everyone could see. Everyone said he was going to die in a few days. The saint not only did not die but lived many years afterwards, having a holy apprentice among them, the Saint Nicephoros the leper.

Saint Nicephoros recently appeared to one of the students of the Athenian Academy – a seminar under the supervision of Vatopedi monastery – in the chapel of the Academy and comforted him by telling him that it is in the order of the Holy Unmercenary Healers and not to be afraid but to meet all the temptations that will come with faith and patience and the saint will help. After that the saint disappeared, leaving behind a very strong relic fragrance.

the pious Father Chrysanthos (Kutsulogianakis)

Beyond the Saint Anthimos, the pious Father Chrysanthos (Kutsulogianakis) of Spinalonga island (where the leprosy was) not only that after the Liturgy he consumed the Holy Gifts without taking the leprosy for more than 10 (ten) years, but even more, because the access was forbidden, Father Chrysanthos swam during the night on the island to serve for them the Holy Mass and to commune them. With the discovery of the antidote against leprosy and the healing of the lepers who remained alive, the leprosy closed in 1957. However Father Chrysanthos remained on the island until 1962 to commemorate the souls of the dead lepers five years after the last of them died. He was the last man on the island.

Holy Communion during Great Lent

As we see, the Holy Communion does not make people sick, but on the contrary. This can be seen even in the more common case when – God forbid! – The Holy Body is touched by mold, which can happen if not properly cared for during the Great Lent. In this case, the Holy Body is normally used for Holy Communion, the mold having no harmful effect on people.


Keep in mind that the above are just a few examples from the recent history of the Church. Holy Communion does not make people sick because if the reverse would be true, then the above miracles would not have taken place and thousands of people would have died in the Church’s history of thousands of years.

In the photos is depicted a Divine Liturgy held in November 2019 in the Chapel of Holy Unmercenary Healers, Vatopedi monastery, Mount Athos.

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