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§4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church
of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged
to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to
Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not
object to the reception of communion by Christians of these
Churches (CIC, can. 844 §3).
For Those Not Receiving Holy Communion
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to
express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord
Jesus and with one another.
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share
our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy
Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace
and unity of the human family.
All my other senses, cannot now perceive,
But my hearing, taught by faith, always will believe:
I accept whatever God the Son has said:
Those who hear the Word of God, by the truth are fed.
—St. Thomas Aquinas,
Adoro Te Devote
God with Hidden Majesty
trans. Anthony G. Petti