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OCNetters and the Divine Liturgy

How often do you, the reasonably active OCNet contributor, participate in the Divine Liturgy at an O

  • Only on major feasts

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  • Once or twice a year

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  • Only on Sundays or feasts where they give you something free

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  • Only for special events (e.g., baptisms, weddings, funerals)

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  • Not on Sunday, but on some other day of the week

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  • I have never been to a Divine Liturgy

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  • What's a Divine Liturgy?

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Please post in this thread to indicate which option you chose and, if necessary, explain the reason for your choice. 

Though the question refers to "reasonably active OCNet contributors", I encourage those who post less frequently and even lurkers who want to vote to do so as well. 

By "participate", I have in mind mainly attendance, and not receiving sacraments, serving, chanting or singing in a choir, etc., so this poll is open to both Orthodox and non-Orthodox. 
 

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I selected "more than once a week", but "every Sunday and major feast" is also true for me. 
 

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Every Sunday and major feast.
 

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We make it en famille 1-2 Sundays a month, but I usually manage weekday DLs on feast days (usually 2-3 a month) by myself.
 

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I selected "every other Sunday," but that's not quite right.

It's more "every Sunday I'm not working."

I live too far from the parish to attend major feasts that don't fall on weekends. The last few years I've taken time off work for the back end of Holy Week.
 

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I go every sundays. Would love to go on feasts that are during the week days but my supervisors want me at work :'( .

However, i request to move my western easter holidays to the date on which Pascha occurs. They have been more than gentleman with that.  :)
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
Agabus said:
I selected...but that's not quite right.
If anyone has suggestions for options that might make the poll more accurate, please let me know.
"I attend when I can, which sometimes means week-to-week and sometimes month-to-month, but I try to make it as often as possible."
 

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I think I average about  2. 75 times a month all things considered. In the end my unusual work schedule makes me attend slightly less than I could...laziness and being part of a parish I'm less familiar with though almost guarantees I'll never go every week and that average even if work permitted , would probably never be much more than 3 times per month.

I picked every other Sunday, that seems closest to what I do, though I attend a few non Sunday services, usually the really major feasts, throughout the year.
 

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When I can.  A newborn oftentimes makes attendnce difficult.
 

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:)^I would like to see you at a Liturgy during the ".75" time.
 

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I marked "Every Sunday," although sickness sometimes keeps me away.
 

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I love this one... " Only on Sundays or feasts where they give you something free" My dad, an Orthodox priest for decades, had a running joke about 'give away' Sundays....he said it was like the ball park on bat day..... For too many he would say, the chance at salvation was not enough......
 

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I voted every other Sunday, which is probably what it averages out at. I'd like to go more, but work during week, caring for a disabled wife and my own health issues makes it difficult.
 

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I try to go every Sunday, but it might come out to every other Sunday. Maybe in between.
 

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I go every Sunday. I don't get the chance to go beyond that.
 

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eddybear said:
I voted every other Sunday, which is probably what it averages out at. I'd like to go more, but work during week, caring for a disabled wife and my own health issues makes it difficult.
I selected that as well although in my case it is my mother recovering from neuropathy and cancer surgery (which went miraculously well).  We also tend to visit monasteries and spend a few days there and attend all liturgies befire returning home.  Where we live now, we are 30 minites from one monastery, each way, and 45 minutes from a parish, each way; one criteria whenwe purchase a new house once the inhieritance issue is finally settled will be distance from an Orthodox parish.  When we were ten minutes, round trip, away from St. Michael's Coptic Church, we went every Sunday.  Also for a stretch we went every Sunday to St. Ephrems despite the drive.

One location I very closely considered for us to move to I rejected outright because there are no Orthodox churches within two hours of the location; my dream is to live right next door to a church that has frequent services, so there will never be a case where, while at home, I cannot attend.

When I miss the liturgy, I read for an equivalent length of time the relevant parta of the prayer books so as to follow along.

I also tend to try to attend the liturgy over the office, but on some occasions I will make it to Vespers but not Sunday liturgy, which seems backwards, alas.  My goal, and I do keep track of this, is to log at least 52 liturgical hours every year, which is equivalent to one hour every Sunday, the attendance I would have obseeved as a Protestant going to all Sunday services, and since becoming Orthodox I have achieved this on average.  A liturgical hour is an 60 minute timespan spent in a parish or monastic church, in the church proper, at prayer, during a scheduled service, which may be the divine liturgy, unction, vespers, matins, compline, or a special service, or aggregated between multiple parishes.  So, recently at a monastery I attended liturgy was 90 minutes, matins, 45 minutes, vespers, one hour, and compline, about 30 minutes, which works out to 3.75 liturgical hours for that one weekday.  Also if I am late, I deduct that. 

This gives me a measuring stick to try to keep my attendance up despite being in the midst of some situations which have interfered with it.
 

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wgw said:
eddybear said:
I voted every other Sunday, which is probably what it averages out at. I'd like to go more, but work during week, caring for a disabled wife and my own health issues makes it difficult.
I selected that as well although in my case it is my mother recovering from neuropathy and cancer surgery (which went miraculously well).  We also tend to visit monasteries and spend a few days there and attend all liturgies befire returning home.  Where we live now, we are 30 minites from one monastery, each way, and 45 minutes from a parish, each way; one criteria whenwe purchase a new house once the inhieritance issue is finally settled will be distance from an Orthodox parish.  When we were ten minutes, round trip, away from St. Michael's Coptic Church, we went every Sunday.  Also for a stretch we went every Sunday to St. Ephrems despite the drive.

One location I very closely considered for us to move to I rejected outright because there are no Orthodox churches within two hours of the location; my dream is to live right next door to a church that has frequent services, so there will never be a case where, while at home, I cannot attend.

When I miss the liturgy, I read for an equivalent length of time the relevant parta of the prayer books so as to follow along.

I also tend to try to attend the liturgy over the office, but on some occasions I will make it to Vespers but not Sunday liturgy, which seems backwards, alas.  My goal, and I do keep track of this, is to log at least 52 liturgical hours every year, which is equivalent to one hour every Sunday, the attendance I would have obseeved as a Protestant going to all Sunday services, and since becoming Orthodox I have achieved this on average.  A liturgical hour is an 60 minute timespan spent in a parish or monastic church, in the church proper, at prayer, during a scheduled service, which may be the divine liturgy, unction, vespers, matins, compline, or a special service, or aggregated between multiple parishes.  So, recently at a monastery I attended liturgy was 90 minutes, matins, 45 minutes, vespers, one hour, and compline, about 30 minutes, which works out to 3.75 liturgical hours for that one weekday.  Also if I am late, I deduct that. 

This gives me a measuring stick to try to keep my attendance up despite being in the midst of some situations which have interfered with it.
wgw, do you think at times that you reveal too much of yourself online?
 

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I'm retired and live four blocks from the cathedral, so there's no excuse for missing liturgy other than when I'm out of town.
 

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Gamliel said:
:)^I would like to see you at a Liturgy during the ".75" time.
Forgive me, I don't get the reference.
 

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Every Sunday and major feasts, but I also am a Servants for Friday night college and grad meetings, and I teach some Saturday servant prep/catechism classes occasionally.  And I attend Saturday vespers sometimes, soooo "more than once per week" I suppose
 

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scamandrius said:
Gamliel said:
:)^I would like to see you at a Liturgy during the ".75" time.
Forgive me, I don't get the reference.
I was writing to William T.  I did not realize that you posted something while I was typing  -- Sorry.
 

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"More than once a week" - it means vigils and Liturgies of "every Sunday and major feast" plus all Lenten services, and also some minor feasts and Saturdays for death etc.
 

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Whenever it's offered at my parish. I'm single and blessed with flexible work hours.
 

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I've gone whenever I'm off on Sunday, which unfortunately has been pretty sporadic the last year or two. But I am about to start a new job where I will be off every weekend.

But I still chose one of the comedy answers on the poll because I like to troll Mor's threads.
 

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I answered 'Every Sunday' simply since the question was specific to DL.  I do try for major feasts but weekday ones are rough.

I do also attend Vespers etc.....
 

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I answered "As often as it is scheduled at my place of worship." ....although I do miss some due to work, etc.

A typical week - Sunday Liturgy, Saturday morning matins, Saturday evening Vespers.

However, I also try to schedule vacation days (or half days) on most major Feast Days....and I took 3 days off to accommodate all the services during Holy Week.
 

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podkarpatska said:
I love this one... " Only on Sundays or feasts where they give you something free" My dad, an Orthodox priest for decades, had a running joke about 'give away' Sundays....he said it was like the ball park on bat day..... For too many he would say, the chance at salvation was not enough......
Same thing happens in Protestantism.  The largest attendance would be when there was something "special" (as though Our Lord's Body and Blood were not enough), like a posey for the ladies on Mothers' Day and a bluegrass band on "Rally Day"

Can't tell you how many people don't know what their church looks like without lilies or poinsettias.
 

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LizaSymonenko said:
I answered "As often as it is scheduled at my place of worship." ....although I do miss some due to work, etc.

A typical week - Sunday Liturgy, Saturday morning matins, Saturday evening Vespers.

However, I also try to schedule vacation days (or half days) on most major Feast Days....and I took 3 days off to accommodate all the services during Holy Week.
Just a question: how much actual vacation time do you sacrifice for attending worship in the course of a year?  Because sacrificing any I think makes you a beacon of piety.

I've spent my entire career either 1099 or Corp to Corp, ao have never had vacation time as a concept, but for those who do hold down W2 jobs, sacrificing paid or unpaid vacation time for purposes of attending worship is the very definition of a committed, living Orthodox piety.

Do you ever get to do a real "vacation" like travel, et cetera?

God bless you.
 

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wgw said:
LizaSymonenko said:
I answered "As often as it is scheduled at my place of worship." ....although I do miss some due to work, etc.

A typical week - Sunday Liturgy, Saturday morning matins, Saturday evening Vespers.

However, I also try to schedule vacation days (or half days) on most major Feast Days....and I took 3 days off to accommodate all the services during Holy Week.
Just a question: how much actual vacation time do you sacrifice for attending worship in the course of a year?
I've consistently scheduled vacation days for Holy Friday and Bright Monday, but I've never thought of that as a sacrifice. It's just something I do to make sure I get the days off.
 

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PeterTheAleut said:
wgw said:
LizaSymonenko said:
I answered "As often as it is scheduled at my place of worship." ....although I do miss some due to work, etc.

A typical week - Sunday Liturgy, Saturday morning matins, Saturday evening Vespers.

However, I also try to schedule vacation days (or half days) on most major Feast Days....and I took 3 days off to accommodate all the services during Holy Week.
Just a question: how much actual vacation time do you sacrifice for attending worship in the course of a year?
I've consistently scheduled vacation days for Holy Friday and Bright Monday, but I've never thought of that as a sacrifice. It's just something I do to make sure I get the days off.
Which makes the act even more pious, IMO.
 

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wgw said:
PeterTheAleut said:
wgw said:
LizaSymonenko said:
I answered "As often as it is scheduled at my place of worship." ....although I do miss some due to work, etc.

A typical week - Sunday Liturgy, Saturday morning matins, Saturday evening Vespers.

However, I also try to schedule vacation days (or half days) on most major Feast Days....and I took 3 days off to accommodate all the services during Holy Week.
Just a question: how much actual vacation time do you sacrifice for attending worship in the course of a year?
I've consistently scheduled vacation days for Holy Friday and Bright Monday, but I've never thought of that as a sacrifice. It's just something I do to make sure I get the days off.
Which makes the act even more pious, IMO.
You're making me uncomfortable praising me for my "piety". I'm not doing anything more than what I'm asked to do.
 

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wgw said:
LizaSymonenko said:
I answered "As often as it is scheduled at my place of worship." ....although I do miss some due to work, etc.

A typical week - Sunday Liturgy, Saturday morning matins, Saturday evening Vespers.

However, I also try to schedule vacation days (or half days) on most major Feast Days....and I took 3 days off to accommodate all the services during Holy Week.
Just a question: how much actual vacation time do you sacrifice for attending worship in the course of a year?  Because sacrificing any I think makes you a beacon of piety.

I've spent my entire career either 1099 or Corp to Corp, ao have never had vacation time as a concept, but for those who do hold down W2 jobs, sacrificing paid or unpaid vacation time for purposes of attending worship is the very definition of a committed, living Orthodox piety.

Do you ever get to do a real "vacation" like travel, et cetera?

God bless you.
Pretty much all my vacation days go towards "Church" related events.

I take off the Feast days (1/2 days sometimes), I take 3-5 days off to teach summer church school, I take a few days to drive to the Consistory for meetings, and this year we had additional "Strategic Planning" meetings, so I took those days.  To top it all off, we have our Sobor this year (it takes place every 3 years)....add the time I took for Holy Week....and that's it.  No more vacation days.

I do have a few days from last year that rolled over to this year...but, I have another "Church" event planned for those in November, as well.

Honestly....there's nothing I find more rewarding...and nothing I'd rather spend vacation time on.

It's not piety....it's vacation.  It is what vacations are for....to re-energize, relax, refocus, etc.  Get away from the daily humdrum.

 

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I used to be able to attend every Sunday but nowadays I'm lucky if I can do it once a month. It's quite depressing for me, actually.
 

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Every Sunday, although I go on most feast days as well, and Saturday Vespers.
 

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LizaSymonenko said:
wgw said:
LizaSymonenko said:
I answered "As often as it is scheduled at my place of worship." ....although I do miss some due to work, etc.

A typical week - Sunday Liturgy, Saturday morning matins, Saturday evening Vespers.

However, I also try to schedule vacation days (or half days) on most major Feast Days....and I took 3 days off to accommodate all the services during Holy Week.
Just a question: how much actual vacation time do you sacrifice for attending worship in the course of a year?  Because sacrificing any I think makes you a beacon of piety.

I've spent my entire career either 1099 or Corp to Corp, ao have never had vacation time as a concept, but for those who do hold down W2 jobs, sacrificing paid or unpaid vacation time for purposes of attending worship is the very definition of a committed, living Orthodox piety.

Do you ever get to do a real "vacation" like travel, et cetera?

God bless you.
Pretty much all my vacation days go towards "Church" related events.

I take off the Feast days (1/2 days sometimes), I take 3-5 days off to teach summer church school, I take a few days to drive to the Consistory for meetings, and this year we had additional "Strategic Planning" meetings, so I took those days.  To top it all off, we have our Sobor this year (it takes place every 3 years)....add the time I took for Holy Week....and that's it.  No more vacation days.

I do have a few days from last year that rolled over to this year...but, I have another "Church" event planned for those in November, as well.

Honestly....there's nothing I find more rewarding...and nothing I'd rather spend vacation time on.

It's not piety....it's vacation.  It is what vacations are for....to re-energize, relax, refocus, etc.  Get away from the daily humdrum.
I like your way better. I had to Church hopp for hobble together services at times I can attend around work (not usually a problem, but this Wednesday and Thursday were must attend work days this year).
 

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I am blessed to have a lot of paid vacation days--24 per year--so I can take all of Holy Week and most Feasts, although in the AOA most weekday Feasts are celebrated with Vespers + DL after work hours.

As for out-of-town vacations; we always find a Divine Liturgy when traveling.

The 3rd Century Martyrs of Abilene said "we cannot live without Sunday."
 
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