First, THANK YOU to those of you who have also been posting in other various and sundry Roman Catholic forums. Your persistence has finally prompted me to investigate Orthodoxy, and what a wonderful discovery it has been. I attended my first Divine Liturgy on Sunday and am meeting with a priest, most likely next week, to discuss things further.
I come from a Roman Catholic background, but as I stated above I am seriously investigating Orthodoxy, though not quite yet to the point of becoming a catechumen. This coming Thursday (1 Nov.) is a day of obligation for RC, meaning that they/we are required to attend Mass else be in a state of mortal sin. Ditto for every Sunday. I am still technically an RC, but am becoming more and more drawn to Orthodox theology and am becoming more and more convinced that the Roman church's claims of exclusivity are not true. I would also very much like to continue attending Divine Liturgy at my local Orthodox church, but practical issues such as the scheduling of Divine Liturgy compared to Mass make attending both difficult if not impossible on most weekends.
In light of all that, should I go to Mass on Thursday, and continue attending RC Mass on Sundays and days of obligation while I am pursuing my investigation of Orthodoxy? If so, for how long should I continue doing so? If not, why not? If I can only attend either Mass or Divine Liturgy because of scheduling issues, which should I attend? What is the Orthodox position on the value, usefulness, benefits, &c., of the RC Mass?
Forgive me if the question sounds too pedestrian. I am a true newbie in every sense of the word. Please pray for me as I go further down this road.