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Offline Eastern Mind

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Missing Church?
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:22:10 AM »
There's a Greek Orthodox Church here in town that meets today, and usually I will go. But the roads are very bad where I live, icy and snow covered, and I can't go today. It's through no fault of my own, but it did get me thinking. When I was a Catholic, it was considered a mortal sin to miss Mass, unless there was a reason (such as bad roads, sickness, etc). I was just wondering if there was a similar teaching in Orthodoxy? Is missing the Liturgy considered a serious sin?

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Re: Missing Church?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2012, 10:32:29 AM »
I wonder too.
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Re: Missing Church?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2012, 11:49:08 AM »
I am not aware of a rule, but if we miss too much, someone may call or e-mail to see how we are doing.  Seems like missing 2 in a row is acceptable, whereas missing 3 will cause parishioners or my priest to wonder.

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Re: Missing Church?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2012, 01:46:49 PM »
You've never heard of the infamous "miss three liturgies in a row and you're excommunicated" rule? I have no idea if it's real, but it's been floating around the interwebs for a long time...  :angel:
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Re: Missing Church?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2012, 01:47:17 PM »
Missing three consecutive Sundays deliberately (i.e., you had a reasonable choice and chose not to attend. Driving on unsafe roads would likely not be any kind of reasonable choice) requires you to go to confession and be reconciled to the Church before communing again.

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Re: Missing Church?
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2012, 01:57:19 PM »
You've never heard of the infamous "miss three liturgies in a row and you're excommunicated" rule? I have no idea if it's real, but it's been floating around the interwebs for a long time...  :angel:

It comes from Canon 80 of the Council of Trullo in 692.

"CANON LXXX.

IF any bishop, or presbyter, or deacon, or any of those who are enumerated in the list of the clergy, or a layman, has no very grave necessity nor difficult business so as to keep him from church for a very long time, but being in town does not go to church on three consecutive Sundays--three weeks--if he is a cleric let him be deposed, but if a layman let him be cut off."

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/trullo.asp

There are many canons from this council that have become the de facto norm for the Orthodox of today, while there are many that are not strictly enforced. It would be best to get specific direction from your priest about the issue to see how he and the bishop apply this canon.

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Re: Missing Church?
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2012, 01:59:29 PM »
Wow, that's in Trullo, and I never noticed it? I feel like such a newb  :-[
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Re: Missing Church?
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2012, 02:05:22 PM »
Wow, that's in Trullo, and I never noticed it? I feel like such a newb  :-[

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Re: Missing Church?
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2012, 03:11:44 PM »
When I posed a similar question to my priest (I often have to work on Sundays), this is what he told me; If you have good reason for missing Liturgy like work, bad weather, illness, then there is no sin.  If however you volunteer not to go and you miss Liturgy continuously, then in effect, you have ex-communicated yourself.

I hope this helps a little. But, as we say 'round these parts, "Ask your priest."  :)
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Re: Missing Church?
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2012, 06:18:05 PM »
LOL I just made thread about something similar to this. Oops.
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