From the Parish Priest – Fr. Romey Rosco
For some strange reason, many of us have the deplorable habit of coming late to worship on Sundays.¬† There was a time (not long ago) when choir members and other parishioners were determined to make it on time to church.¬† Now, we seem determined to ‚Äúget there when we‚Äôre ready‚ÄĚ rather than ‚Äúget ready to get there.‚ÄĚ
This is an insult to God.¬† We are His community, His family.¬† Therefore, we should worship Him, not as individuals, each on his or her own schedule, but together, ready to sing His praises with thanksgiving.
Secondly, it is disrespectful.¬† It indicates in some instances that God is not as important as sleep, breakfast, an early morning sports event, etc.
Thirdly, it is disturbing.¬† Just imagine if you were hosting a big dinner to begin at a certain time and the guests came trickling in throughout the dinner after it had begun, disturbing those already there to find a seat at the table.¬† Late-comers always disturb the prayerful attention of the priest, choir and congregation.
Old habits die hard.¬† But it is a new year and all it takes is determination.¬† If you are guilty, realize that it is an offense to God.¬† Only on rare occasion can it ‚Äúnot be helped.‚ÄĚ
Otherwise, let‚Äôs all try to be in church on time.¬† That‚Äôs 9:45 for Sunday School and 10:30 for the Divine Liturgy.
From The Weekly Bulletin, Vol. XXXV No. 2, 13 January 2008
Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights MI