Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion)
Following our Byzantine Catholic Tradition, the three Sacraments of Initiation are administered at the same time. The Sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation (Confirmation) and Holy Eucharist are a part of the Initiation to the Church Service. Individual receiving these Sacraments must be a member of St. Nicholas. Arrangements can be made with Father Steve at 219-838-9380.
Following our Byzantine tradition, those receiving Holy Eucharist is distributed under both species with a spoon.
Our Altar bread is made with yeast and therefore has a thickness to it. At the beginning of the Liturgy, the Priest will cut a loaf of specially baked Altar bread and prepare cubed particles that will be used for the distribution of Holy Communion. The consecrated particles are placed into the chalice just before Communion time. A small cubed particle is placed on a spoon and given to the Communicant. If you wish to receive Holy Communion, come forward, hold the red cloth under your chin, open your mouth wide, tilt your head back slightly and do not stick out your tongue. The priest will bring the spoon to your mouth and gently place the Holy Eucharist into it without touching your mouth or tongue. Gently let loose of the red cloth and wait for the priest to bring his hands away from your face, then close your mouth and return to your place.