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Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« on: November 09, 2018, 12:28:53 AM »
Ok... I know may sound funny but I'm being serious here guys. Sometimes when I pray I feel one coming and I have let it go a few times... Is this a sin? I've done it while studying scripture and/or the Fathers too. Thoughts? Does it make one unclean or am I just being too scrupulous here? I don't think I have found anything in the Fathers concerning it. The closest I have come is a mention by St. Augustine in City of God describing how some men are able to control their flatulence and produce singing without stink. 
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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2018, 12:29:39 AM »
That depends.  From which end?
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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2018, 12:54:24 AM »
toilet humor isn''t funny.
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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2018, 01:21:07 AM »
If you can fart "O Gladsome Light," you're ok.  If not, you're going to hell.
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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2018, 03:41:44 AM »
Prayer is (among other stuff) talk with God, building relation with Him.
So, relasing gas may happen to us during a talk with somebody or sex (???). It's not something nice but sometimes it may be out of control. If people can lie with this, so God, being Merciful, too, even more.

I'd propose just relax and focus on the issue, not on the circumstanes (I know, it's difficult).
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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2018, 05:20:11 AM »
Another reason why incense is a great thing.  ;)

But seriously, God is not offended by our uncontrollable and natural bodily functions.

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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2018, 07:16:18 AM »
You need reverence and attention while praying so obviously you shouldnt fart. If you have urgent need, stop praying, go to toilet and when you are done return and pick up from where you stop.

Do not release gas infront of icons or holy things even if you are not praying.

If it happend by incident do not panic, its not fatal or sin, you can add extra prayer to make up for it.

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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2018, 11:22:57 AM »
One should probably avoid it for reference, as one would do in a social meeting, but it's definitely not a sin and I don't think it's a good reason to stop prayer or risk getting piles.
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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2018, 12:02:42 PM »
Maybe that's why so many religions encourage fasting?
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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2018, 12:09:51 PM »
There's an Irish joke about a man asking a priest, "Can I drink while I pray?" The priest says, "No, you must maintain a reverent sobriety." He tells his friends and they tell him, "You should have asked, 'Can I pray while I drink?'" He goes back to the priest and asks that instead, and the priest says, "Of course, my son. There is never a wrong time to converse with the Lord."
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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2018, 12:11:09 PM »
One should probably avoid it for reference reverence, as one would do in a social meeting, but it's definitely not a sin and I don't think it's a good reason to stop prayer or risk getting piles.
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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2018, 12:17:50 PM »
Sure you can. As long as no one in praying next to you. Like in church.

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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2018, 12:32:51 PM »
Maybe that's why so many religions encourage fasting?

LOL.

Ok... I know may sound funny but I'm being serious here guys. Sometimes when I pray I feel one coming and I have let it go a few times... Is this a sin? I've done it while studying scripture and/or the Fathers too. Thoughts? Does it make one unclean or am I just being too scrupulous here? I don't think I have found anything in the Fathers concerning it. The closest I have come is a mention by St. Augustine in City of God describing how some men are able to control their flatulence and produce singing without stink. 

The correct answer is that as long as the gaseous discharge is accidental.  Also, there are times during the liturgy when going go the bathroom could be disruptive; I would try to avoid it except for the most dire emergencies during the Little Entrance, the Great Entrance, or certain other processions, the reading of the Gospel, and the consecration (Institution narrative and epiclesis, in the Byzantine Rite, the whole period from the Sursum Corda until “Thine own of thine own we offer unto thee, on behalf of all and for all.”) 

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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
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Re: Is releasing gas during prayer a sin?
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2018, 12:43:31 PM »
There's an Irish joke about a man asking a priest, "Can I drink while I pray?" The priest says, "No, you must maintain a reverent sobriety." He tells his friends and they tell him, "You should have asked, 'Can I pray while I drink?'" He goes back to the priest and asks that instead, and the priest says, "Of course, my son. There is never a wrong time to converse with the Lord."

Always loved that one!  :D

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