I could ask a Coptic priest the answer to this question but I would like to ask for your experiences.
In the Russian (but not the Greek) church it is usual to go to confession before going to communion. I lined up for communion once after having been to confession and commuinion a couple of days earlier and the bishop announced that no one could partake who had not been to confession that day. A priest saw me turn back and 'confessed' me.
What is the usual practicse in your church? How does confession 'work' and how is it linked to holy communion?
I have watched people receiving communion in a coptic church but I couldn't really make head or tail out of what was happening.
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