Why doesn't batushka read a general prayer for those who commune regularly and who he knows? This would solve much of the problem, especially with so many people complaining.
St John of Kronstadt read a general prayer. The people repented of their sins while he read the prayer.
I am afraid that long lines may be caused by people who come to
Confession unprepared--which is a sin in itself--or go rather
infrequently, alas both of which I am guilty of. I was instructed to
pray and reflect on my sins before confession (i.e a few days before and
not while standing in the line for Confession!), write down the sins on
small piece of paper, read them to the priest without explanation and
then later burn the piece of paper. When I stick to this I find
Confession to be the most beneficial.
As Michael points out, counseling, conversation and crisis management
which occur during confession and lead to long lines should be held
privately at another time. If everyone takes more than 10 minutes and
there are 30-50 people waiting, the priest would be there for hours. In
addition to some of the reasons Michael cited, it can be difficult for
others to wait if they have small children, live far from the parish,
car pool with others etc. Most importantly, it is not fair to batisushka
who usually is the first to come for Vigil, last to leave and then is
certainly the first to arrive at church in the morning for the
Proskomedija, well before anyone else. He himself may not live around
the corner from the church.
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