I was curious to know what, if any, is the general standard for preparing to receive Holy Communion at any Divine Liturgy within the Coptic Orthodox Church (or any Non-Chalcedonian Church for that matter).
I am speaking here of personal prayer at home as a preparation for Holy Communion.
I know practices vary within the various EO Churches. And really, it all depends on what you and your spiritual father/FOC have decided upon.
For example, within my own jurisdiction, the OCA, it is recommended that one pray the Canon of Preparation for Holy Communion. Depending on which prayer book you use, this would include some psalms, the 9 ode canon of preparation, followed by 10 prayers by various saints. One prayer book, for instance the one by HTM in Boston, includes the canon within the service of compline, so you would pray that in addition to the canon and 10 prayers.
In ROCOR, an EO jurisdiction, for example, it is demanded that you pray the Supplicatory Canons to the Savior and Mother of God; the Canon to the Guardian Angel; one akathist either to Christ or the Theotokos; and then Canon of Preparation as mentioned above. You must also confess your sins before receiving Communion. I know, that's a lot!
Greek parishes in America tend to do the first one I listed, I think.
I know this is personal information, but what is the Coptic practice to prepare for Holy Communion, generally or specifically speaking? I don't expect you to give me all the juicy details of your prayer life, but a glancing look would be cool.
Also, do most COC priests require confession before receiving Communion? I know that's big in some EO jurisdictions.
Any other EO folk can chime in if I left something out.