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Offline Ortho_cat

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Attendance for Daily Vespers
« on: July 06, 2009, 05:04:37 PM »
Hello, I am curious as to whether it is appropriate for guests to attend Daily Vespers, or if these are intended more or less for the Church faithful.  I have already attended a DL and am curious to see how the DV's differ. Thanks.
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Re: Attendance for Daily Vespers
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2009, 05:17:31 PM »
This is even LESS a problem than visiting DL.
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Re: Attendance for Daily Vespers
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009, 05:18:56 PM »
Of course you can. During Vespers there aren't any Sacraments made/celebrated (?) so you do not risk making a blasphemy by mistake :)

I've even heard 'bout Jews attending Vespers as there are many OT readings.
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Re: Attendance for Daily Vespers
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009, 05:51:47 PM »
Hello, I am curious as to whether it is appropriate for guests to attend Daily Vespers, or if these are intended more or less for the Church faithful.  I have already attended a DL and am curious to see how the DV's differ. Thanks.

I don't know why it would be a problem. Vespers is my favorite service.

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Re: Attendance for Daily Vespers
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2009, 06:34:01 PM »
Vespers and Matins are great for someone enquiring into the faith. Whilst the Liturgy varies very little from day to day, Matins and Vespers consist of numerous variable elements that will give you a much greater insight into the faith and life of the Church.

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Re: Attendance for Daily Vespers
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2009, 10:39:34 PM »
There is no problem (provided you are not scandalized by there being very few people there).  It actually may be a good opportunity.

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Re: Attendance for Daily Vespers
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2009, 11:01:15 PM »
Hello, I am curious as to whether it is appropriate for guests to attend Daily Vespers, or if these are intended more or less for the Church faithful.  I have already attended a DL and am curious to see how the DV's differ. Thanks.

Until recently hampered by health problems we have served daily Vespers in our church for about 15 years.   It is enormously popular and we can count on about 15-20 parishioners.  We are central city and surrounded by many City Council housing blocks for the lower income bracket.

One wonderful thing is that when there is Vespers every night people will come and ask for a Memorial Service for their mother-father-brother who has just pased on in another city or country.

Being central city and surrounded by students and addicts in cheap digs as as well as what are called "working girls" in this country (prostitution is legal here) we could also count on some other visitors in the evenings, people in great need of peace, to light a candle and say a prayer in a peaceful and beautiful space where God brings hope and relief.

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Re: Attendance for Daily Vespers
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2009, 03:13:13 PM »
Go and bring many friends with you!

My first experience with Orthodoxy was a (Great) Vespers and I haven't stopped going since!
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