Coming to Church On Time

From the Parish PriestFr. Romey Rosco

I realize that it is better to come to church late rather than not at all.  I also understand that some (not all) of our parishioners live far away from church.  What I don’t accept is how so many of us have come to consider habitual late attendance as a normal and acceptable practice.  Habitually coming late, if it can be avoided, is an insult to the Lord in Whose house we gather, it is disturbing to other worshippers and sets a bad example.

We would not go to a concert, a play or a sports event for the last fifteen or twenty minutes.  And if invited to a friend’s house for dinner, we would not show up only for dessert, skipping a whole meal prepared for us.  So, why do we treat God like this, and then expect His blessings?

Make every effort – better yet, get into the habit of attending church on time for the service.  Don’t just acknowledge the Lord in your life.  Be faithful to Him!

From The Weekly Bulletin, Vol. XXXV No. 34, 31 August 2008
Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights MI

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