First of all thankyou Mina for unbanning me if that was you I will not start any threads hopefully but this one http://www.copticchurch.net/topics/thecopticchurch/sacraments/4_eucharist.html
The above site mentions the below it also mentions you have to fast 9 hours
"We spoke previously about spiritual conditions necessary for receiving Holy Communion like having true faith, pure repentance, reconciliation with others, not approaching the Communion without preparedness, and the importance of feeling contrite and unworthy at the time of Communion. Holy Communion should be approached with the same eagerness as a patient seeking medicine to be cured of all illnesses. Hence, Holy Communion gives us the healing and immunity against all evil viruses of sin.
There are also some necessary physical preparation before receiving the Holy Communion, such as:
Control over all physical senses so that no obscure sins may enter the heart.
Cleanness of body and clothing; respectable clothes should be worn, as you are going to Church to meet the King of kings and Lord of lords.
The faithful must be fasting and eat light food on the eve of Communion.
Sexual relations between married couples should not take place either on the eve of Communion, as well as on the day of receiving the sacrament.
If a person is in a state of impurity, accompanied by a dream or otherwise, he must not approach Holy Communion as this is considered breaking the fast. St Severus Bin Moqufaa said, �Sexual impurity is fast breaking, and who breaks the fast cannot be forbidden from praying, or entry of the Church or attendance of the Mass (after a complete physical cleaning of course), but only forbidden from partaking of the Mysteries."
However the below site and my father confession say I can always take communion as long as I have confessed once a month even if I have not fasted the site says and I think my confession father agrees http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/communion.htm
Which one is the correct one ?
I often feel tempted to sin the night before and unfortunately I have given in and if not I break my fast because I can not sleep
More importantly if I do not fast for 9 hours the night before am I forbidden to take communion ?
I guess I can take it any other day than Sunday but I am not used to that due to busyness but it explains why I haven't been to church on Sunday recently
The 9 hour fasting rule is a struggle due to sometimes not wanting or being able to sleep at night
Also not only does it say you must fast 9 hours but on the eve of communion the whole day you must only eat light food