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3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« on: December 18, 2011, 08:26:55 PM »
Do the Oriental Orthodox have a rule like the Eastern Orthodox that if you miss DL several Sundays in a row, you are excommunicated?
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Re: 3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2011, 09:41:22 PM »
Although it's never a good idea to miss that many liturgies in a row, I've never heard of such a rule.  It just seems a little legalistic for the Armenian Church.

I don't know about the other OO Churches, though.

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Re: 3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2011, 09:49:12 PM »
I wouldn't think that the Copts have this either, though I'm certainly no authority. Last weekend a man came to liturgy who apparently used to be there before I started attending, and everyone was just happy to see him. There were no questions as to where he'd been (and I couldn't make out what had happened, since he spoke only in Arabic). I guess he knew abouna personally, though, so maybe that's part of it. Maybe they spoke beforehand or something.

Still, yeah...it seems a little legalistic.

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Re: 3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2011, 10:11:34 PM »
Apparently it's due to Canon 66 of the VI Ecumenical Council and Canon 72 of the Council of Carthage. Forgive my ignorance/forgetfulness, but do those councils apply to the Oriental Orthodox?
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Re: 3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2011, 10:15:37 PM »
I wouldn't think that the Copts have this either, though I'm certainly no authority. Last weekend a man came to liturgy who apparently used to be there before I started attending, and everyone was just happy to see him. There were no questions as to where he'd been (and I couldn't make out what had happened, since he spoke only in Arabic). I guess he knew abouna personally, though, so maybe that's part of it. Maybe they spoke beforehand or something.

Still, yeah...it seems a little legalistic.
It is supposed to keep people at at least a base minimum.

In the case of the man, it could be very well that he hasn't been able to come (very often the case in too much of the West  :-[).
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Re: 3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2011, 10:21:45 PM »
Yeah, what little I could make out from the Arabic was something about traveling 6 hours, so...

And I don't mean to trash your rule or anything. It makes sense, it just doesn't seem in keeping with the attitude and approach that I've been exposed to since I began attending liturgy with the Copts.

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Re: 3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2011, 10:23:33 PM »
Yeah, what little I could make out from the Arabic was something about traveling 6 hours, so...

And I don't mean to trash your rule or anything. It makes sense, it just doesn't seem in keeping with the attitude and approach that I've been exposed to since I began attending liturgy with the Copts.
I think it is more prevelent because most EO throughout history have been in a position to take Church for granted.  Most OO, not so much.
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Re: 3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2011, 11:36:20 PM »
Although it's never a good idea to miss that many liturgies in a row, I've never heard of such a rule.  It just seems a little legalistic for the Armenian Church.

I don't know about the other OO Churches, though.
It's a little too legalistic for me either, and that is why I had to ask.
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Re: 3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2012, 01:00:19 AM »
Apparently it's due to Canon 66 of the VI Ecumenical Council and Canon 72 of the Council of Carthage. Forgive my ignorance/forgetfulness, but do those councils apply to the Oriental Orthodox?

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Re: 3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2012, 01:05:10 AM »
Come on, tell me which local OC actually enforces that canon? I know mine doesn't; even the clergy, most of them, are unaware of its existence.

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Re: 3 or 4 sunday rule in Oriental Orthodoxy
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2012, 02:06:23 AM »
Come on, tell me which local OC actually enforces that canon? I know mine doesn't; even the clergy, most of them, are unaware of its existence.

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