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Has your priest asked you to help?
« on: February 05, 2016, 12:11:03 AM »
If so, what has he asked you to do?

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2016, 12:12:23 AM »
Help at Church?  If so, yes, all the time.  Why?

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2016, 01:47:19 AM »
The priest at a medium size church I visit seemed to be hinting.  I ask because I would think he would be more interested in those that attend his church regularly.

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2016, 02:17:28 AM »
If it were me, since I would only be a visitor, I would say that I give of my time and talents to my church.  But, I don't know the exact nature of the help he's asking. How often do you visit?  Is the asking making you uncomfortable and not wish to visit again?  I don't know all of the facts, but if the priest is asking a visitor for assistance with something in the church (Would you elaborate in what form the help is to take?) then that indicates to me there is something very wrong with either the relationship between the priests and the parishioners or the parishioners are just unwilling to care for their parish or some combination of the two.  I don't want to go the pessimistic route, but I've never been contacted by a priest in the city I live in to help out there even if I do visit on occasion.

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2016, 02:21:40 AM »
What's your definition of "regularly"?  Because you have to be visiting often enough for him to be "hinting".
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2016, 11:00:40 AM »
Helping with what? Serving? I've never been asked to do that although do help out with the maintenance of the building and such.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2016, 02:55:10 PM »
And here I thought in Orthodoxy the priest doesn't "ask", it just sounds that way.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2016, 02:58:07 PM »
I have visited maybe six times over a period of over a year.  I asked to have my car blessed after the Divine Liturgy.  During the blessing the priest asked me to read the Psalm that was part of the blessing.  I seemed to do well with the reading and he seemed to like that. 

Not many attended this Festal Liturgy, so it may be a situation where some people do not show up sometimes.

It seemed like something that was fine.  I do not have a problem with it.  I just wondered if that situation was common.

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2016, 03:11:28 PM »
And here I thought in Orthodoxy the priest doesn't "ask"
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2016, 03:17:07 PM »
And here I thought in Orthodoxy the priest doesn't "ask", it just sounds that way.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2016, 03:19:48 PM »
Every year, at Paschal Vespers, I get asked to read the Gospel in Greek. Every year I gladly accept.

Last Saturday we went to Vespers for the first time with the young one, and he was asked to hold the candle before 'O gladsome light' was sung. He loved it. I suspect he will be asked to serve in the altar when he's a bit older.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2016, 03:20:04 PM »
I am a chanter. And i often come earlier to help with proskomidia. I like helping priests, i probably have some inferiority disorder or something.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2016, 03:21:40 PM »
I was given a Psalm to read at one of the Holy Week services.  Aside from the paralyzing terror, I was fine with it, and I'm pretty sure I didn't mess up.    :P  Reading a Psalm during a blessing you requested seems like it would be typical (I say that having absolutely zero experience or knowledge. ;D).
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2016, 03:24:21 PM »
To the OP, I think you should feel honored that the priest noted your presence and thought to include you. I have seen visitors "put to work" especially on weekdays if attendance is light.

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2016, 04:55:54 PM »
I am a chanter. And i often come earlier to help with proskomidia. I like helping priests, i probably have some inferiority disorder or something.

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2016, 05:00:41 PM »
I am a chanter. And i often come earlier to help with proskomidia. I like helping priests, i probably have some inferiority disorder or something.

How do you help with proskomidia?

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2016, 05:03:12 PM »
To the OP, I think you should feel honored that the priest noted your presence and thought to include you. I have seen visitors "put to work" especially on weekdays if attendance is light.

That is interesting.

It seems to me Father is looking for reading to be done at some services.

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2016, 05:10:41 PM »
I am a chanter. And i often come earlier to help with proskomidia. I like helping priests, i probably have some inferiority disorder or something.

How do you help with proskomidia?

I light all the candles, lamps, ring bells, bring and lit incense, bring water or wine and chat with the priest while he is trying to focus. We don't have a deacon.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2016, 05:27:02 PM »
I am a chanter. And i often come earlier to help with proskomidia. I like helping priests, i probably have some inferiority disorder or something.

How do you help with proskomidia?

I light all the candles, lamps, ring bells, bring and lit incense, bring water or wine and chat with the priest while he is trying to focus. We don't have a deacon.

This parish also does not have a deacon.

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2016, 07:07:44 PM »
I sometimes get asked to dust the choir seats in the balcony.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2016, 01:12:49 AM »
I've been asked to serve, read, and sing on the choir before. I do the latter two on a regular basis.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2016, 02:06:03 AM »
I'm usually cutting bread and washing dishes for the other parishioners, I hope that counts.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2016, 05:35:33 AM »
And here I thought in Orthodoxy the priest doesn't "ask", it just sounds that way.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2016, 10:02:07 PM »
My priest and his daughter used to give me a ride home from church, so I was usually the last one there besides them and would usually help clean up after lunch before we left.
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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2016, 01:36:16 PM »
I am a chanter. And i often come earlier to help with proskomidia. I like helping priests, i probably have some inferiority disorder or something.

How do you help with proskomidia?

I light all the candles, lamps, ring bells, bring and lit incense, bring water or wine and chat with the priest while he is trying to focus. We don't have a deacon.

That rather sums it up from my experience. Not every parish has subdeacons and deacons tripping over one another. Sometimes it seems as though there are more folks in quasi clerical garb behind the iconostasis than in the nave ....

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Re: Has your priest asked you to help?
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