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Canons regarding which parish to attend

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#1 Patrick Lee

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:43 PM

Is there a canon regarding the need to attend your local parish? I seem to recall something, but it may have been Western canon law, and never part of Orthodoxy.

My attempts to dig through the Rudder have not yielded anything, but if such a canon exists, I was hoping someone might know of it offhand.

#2 Fr Raphael Vereshack

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 09:10 PM

I don't remember any canons about attending your local parish. But another way to look at this question is from the angle of confessing to your spiritual father. From this perspective and if one applies this to the priest of your parish (where after all one is most likely to confess and receive the Eucharist) then look at p 310 of A Manual of Confession by St Nikodemos the Hagiorite.

Here on this page for example St Nikodemos refers to and quotes the rules of St Basil the Great about confessing to your spiritual father. One of these rules (again on p 310) says that we should approach only our spiritual father for confession, because not all are experienced in treating spiritual diseases.

You might want to look through this book in general.

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#3 Patrick Lee

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 02:36 AM

An excellent volume. Reading through it when preparing is, um, convicting :).

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