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The purpose of the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy is simple enough – to maintain the possibility of receiving Holy Communion on the weekdays of Great Lent. The early practice of the Church was very frequent Communion, as often as every Wednesday and Friday, and Saturday and Sunday, as Saint Basil the Great describes his own practice.* Indeed, my beloved Christians, even daily Communion was at one time common, and it is still found among some members of the Roman Catholic Church.