Church perspective and menstruation


During  Old testament, menstruation was a sign and symbol of  curse as God cursed EVE “as you have made the tree bleed, you shall bleed every month”. However, we are in the new Testament where everything has been made new through the Blood and Flesh of Our Lord Jesus Christ- He has changed the Sin to holy and the cursed to blessing. The Church no longer consider menstruation as a curse or sin. As a matter of fact those who consider it as a sin, have fallen to heresy.   The Church consider menstruation as a state of being uncleanness only in flesh. There is a difference between sin/curse and being unclean in flesh. The former needs repentance and confession to be cleaned from and the later only need water to washed it away. Menstruation is a meaningful bodily function that does not in any way involve sin. A blood flow while it is in the women womb is clean.  However like any other discharge of the body i.e. urine, fecal material or sweat-once discharged from the body is unclean. Physical discharges do not make us sinful, less holy or less worthy of human being but just unclean. The bible clearly describe not only menstruation but also a man bodily discharge as unclean “ When any man has an unusual bodily discharge, such a discharge is unclean[ Lev 15:2]”. Therefore it is not the Orthodox church teaching when one say that you can’t kiss the Holy cross, read the Holy Bible or prayer book while a woman is on menstruation.   The Church insist on proper fasting and preparation on the days before Communion -the utmost cleanliness of mind and body. This teaching has been equally consistent and dominant in the teachings of the Church, Bible and Fathers. A woman while on menstruation can pray using bible, prayer books [Wedassie Maiam e.t.c.] in a designated area in the church [mostly outside the main church but within the compound of the church] or at home. She can touch Holy bible, kiss the Holy cross and drink Holy water [except the Holy water handed out during the Holy Communion].  Pondering verse,

“Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ You blind men!