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Why are we not allowed to brush our teeth or take a shower after having Holy Communion for at least 9 hours?
Requested by Amir Kozman and Answered by Fr. Antonios Kaldas on 26-Oct-2005 06:47 (2442 reads)
The reason as I understand it is to do all we can to protect the Holy Body and precious Blood we have received in Holy Communion. The idea being that if I brush my teeth and spit out the yukky water, I may also be spitting out some small fragments of my Lord's Body that may have remained lodged between my teeth. Similarly, if I have a shower and some soapy water goes in my mouth, I am likely to spit it out pretty quick.