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Previously, we have traced the history of Holy Communion during the Middle Ages from Ritualist Deformation to Catechetical Reformation. We saw that, after the demise of Chrysostom and Augustine around 430 A.D., Neo-Paganism increasingly went on invading the Church and then anti-catechetically effected her progressive degeneration into mediaeval magic and sacramentalistic Paedocommunionism. The latter pagan rite was entrenched after 430 A.D., and especially in the ‘Eastern Orthodox’ Churches (by Paulinus, Pseudo-Dionysius, John Moschus, and Evagrius).
The Mediaeval Western Church rightly rejected ‘Infant Communion.’ Even after most of it romanized – also the 1544f Council of Trent wisely insisted (however inadequately) on some kind of catechizing before admission to manducation at the Eucharist.