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.