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Offline StGeorge

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Frequent Confession Question
« on: March 13, 2008, 03:55:04 PM »
I go to an Orthodox church where the entire congregation receives the Eucharist on a weekly basis.  This was the same thing when I attended many Roman Catholic churches, and so I am familiar with the  arguments for frequent communion, etc.  However, when I went to RCC churches, I began the practice of not receiving communion unless I had been to confession first.  I made it a rule to go to confession once a month. 

I'm still used to going to confession before receiving Eucharist, but I understand that in Orthodox tradition (as in RCC tradition) one should not receive before first going to confession.  It often happens that I cannot make weekly confession, and so I'm wondering: should I not go up with everyone else when it comes time for  confession; or, should I go up, not stick out or appear proud or separate from the common unity that everyone else is expressing by partaking in the Eucharist, but yet risk drinking condemnation on myself?  Thanks.
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Re: Frequent Confession Question
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2008, 03:57:08 PM »
The various jurisdictions have variant rules about this. You should discuss this matter with your pastor for the rules and practices of your parish and jurisdiction.

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Re: Frequent Confession Question
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2008, 06:47:49 AM »
You can go up with everyone else and when you get to the chalice ask for a blessing instead of partaking in communion.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Frequent Confession Question
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2008, 06:51:13 AM »
I go to an Orthodox church where the entire congregation receives the Eucharist on a weekly basis.  This was the same thing when I attended many Roman Catholic churches, and so I am familiar with the  arguments for frequent communion, etc.  However, when I went to RCC churches, I began the practice of not receiving communion unless I had been to confession first.  I made it a rule to go to confession once a month. 

I'm still used to going to confession before receiving Eucharist, but I understand that in Orthodox tradition (as in RCC tradition) one should not receive before first going to confession.  It often happens that I cannot make weekly confession, and so I'm wondering: should I not go up with everyone else when it comes time for  confession; or, should I go up, not stick out or appear proud or separate from the common unity that everyone else is expressing by partaking in the Eucharist, but yet risk drinking condemnation on myself?  Thanks. 

One cannot emphasize enough the point that Thomas makes - you should definitely speak with the priest about this issue.  If it's important enough (it really is) that is may affect your path to salvation, then it's important enough for you to speak with the priest.

You can go up with everyone else and when you get to the chalice ask for a blessing instead of partaking in communion.

Hope that helps. 

Anthony also brings up a good point that is often forgotten.
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.

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Re: Frequent Confession Question
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2008, 07:32:26 AM »
You can go up with everyone else and when you get to the chalice ask for a blessing instead of partaking in communion.

Hope that helps.

Rdr. Anthony

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My mother when she was alive ,,,every suday at the serbian church after liturgy she would have the priest bless her with every piece of his liturgical vestments he takes off after the holy liturgy...have you heard of this practice in any of the other orthodox churches,,,,,just curious about it ....or is it  just in the serbian church......stasko/stanislav
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Re: Frequent Confession Question
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2008, 08:42:10 AM »
Brother...
My mother when she was alive ,,,every suday at the serbian church after liturgy she would have the priest bless her with every piece of his liturgical vestments he takes off after the holy liturgy...have you heard of this practice in any of the other orthodox churches,,,,,just curious about it ....or is it  just in the serbian church......stasko/stanislav

Personally, I have never seen this done in the Antiochain jurisdiction and am unaware of any other jurisdiction.
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