I am feeling really guilty as of late. I had been questioning my faith the last few months, and started looking at Roman Catholicism. I attended a few Eastern liturgies and didn't see much of a difference. But once I started looking into their teachings, I found that the OC and RC are VERY different.
I haven't attended an Orthodox liturgy in about 6 months. Is this something I should confess to a priest? I am fairly new to Orthodoxy, and I don't know if these thoughts and feelings are considered sinful or not. I plan on attending vespers and liturgy this weekend and would like to receive the eucharist, but I don't know if a confession is necessary or not. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
thanks in advance,
It's understandable that you would want to venture out and look at other churches, especially as a convert. At the very least, you want to make sure you're where you should be! I do have to say, though, I'm glad you've seen the differences between the Orthodox and the Latins, and that you're seeking to come back home!
That said, I believe that the standing rule in the OCA remains that if a member of the faithful willingly (within reason, of course, life happens sometimes!) misses more than three Sunday liturgies in a row, he is excommunicate and should make confession before communing again. I would encourage you, then, to go to your parish priest (I'm assuming you'll be going to your home parish) and make confession, speak with him about all of this and give it to Christ. Again, welcome back.