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« Reply #45 on: July 06, 2014, 04:25:42 PM »

Experienced my first Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas today! It was wonderful, reverent, lovely, bright, and full of love. I have never been so wrapped in the love and peace of God. The community was also very welcoming. Sarah and I greatly benefited from the experience.

Glad to hear it! I think I will always remember my first Divine Liturgy. Smiley  I'm glad to hear yours was just as wonderful.
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« Reply #46 on: July 06, 2014, 07:00:38 PM »

Experienced my first Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas today! It was wonderful, reverent, lovely, bright, and full of love. I have never been so wrapped in the love and peace of God. The community was also very welcoming. Sarah and I greatly benefited from the experience.

Good to hear of your positive experience.  May the Lord continue to guide you and your wife on your journey.   Smiley
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« Reply #47 on: July 07, 2014, 12:57:40 PM »

Glory to God! May the Lord guide you always.
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« Reply #48 on: July 14, 2014, 07:42:47 AM »

Experienced my first Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas today! It was wonderful, reverent, lovely, bright, and full of love. I have never been so wrapped in the love and peace of God. The community was also very welcoming. Sarah and I greatly benefited from the experience.

Thanks be to God!  angel
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« Reply #49 on: July 14, 2014, 09:16:47 AM »

I went to my second Divine Liturgy yesterday, unlike the first time I was able to follow the services more closely.

It wasn't a negative experience, I felt fine after going there.

Though I was really tired afterward, I had to clean the house and walk the dog afterward.
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« Reply #50 on: July 14, 2014, 10:50:31 AM »

I went to my second Divine Liturgy yesterday, unlike the first time I was able to follow the services more closely.

It wasn't a negative experience, I felt fine after going there.

Though I was really tired afterward, I had to clean the house and walk the dog afterward.

If you could follow well at your second visit, you are doing better than I was. Wink

I had a tendency to get lost a lot. But it still didn't take long at all for me to learn. And now I understand enough bits of the Greek even that I have some ideas what is going on even if I didn't have context or text. Having the same pattern every week makes it easy to learn. Smiley

Sorry you ended up tired. I guess I did at first too, but now I'm so endergized by it that I feel almost like I've missed something on a "short day". Smiley. I hope it will become like that for you too - if you are already following along that's probably a good sign. Smiley
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« Reply #51 on: July 14, 2014, 11:03:53 AM »

I went to my second Divine Liturgy yesterday, unlike the first time I was able to follow the services more closely.

It wasn't a negative experience, I felt fine after going there.

Though I was really tired afterward, I had to clean the house and walk the dog afterward.

If you could follow well at your second visit, you are doing better than I was. Wink

I had a tendency to get lost a lot. But it still didn't take long at all for me to learn. And now I understand enough bits of the Greek even that I have some ideas what is going on even if I didn't have context or text. Having the same pattern every week makes it easy to learn. Smiley

Sorry you ended up tired. I guess I did at first too, but now I'm so endergized by it that I feel almost like I've missed something on a "short day". Smiley. I hope it will become like that for you too - if you are already following along that's probably a good sign. Smiley

The services were in English, Arabic and Greek so I was fine.  Smiley
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« Reply #52 on: July 14, 2014, 11:07:38 AM »

I went to my second Divine Liturgy yesterday, unlike the first time I was able to follow the services more closely.

It wasn't a negative experience, I felt fine after going there.

Though I was really tired afterward, I had to clean the house and walk the dog afterward.

If you could follow well at your second visit, you are doing better than I was. Wink

I had a tendency to get lost a lot. But it still didn't take long at all for me to learn. And now I understand enough bits of the Greek even that I have some ideas what is going on even if I didn't have context or text. Having the same pattern every week makes it easy to learn. Smiley

Sorry you ended up tired. I guess I did at first too, but now I'm so endergized by it that I feel almost like I've missed something on a "short day". Smiley. I hope it will become like that for you too - if you are already following along that's probably a good sign. Smiley

The services were in English, Arabic and Greek so I was fine.  Smiley

Ah, ok. I'm glad to hear that. Wink

I know several languages (varying levels of fluency) and the Greek is still taking time. Arabic I would be totally lost in. But if it works for you, that's awesome! Smiley

Then again, I'd be ok with total Greek at this point (except the readings), though I'd still like a translation for Orthros. Smiley
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« Reply #53 on: July 14, 2014, 12:04:17 PM »

I went to my second Divine Liturgy yesterday, unlike the first time I was able to follow the services more closely.

It wasn't a negative experience, I felt fine after going there.

Though I was really tired afterward, I had to clean the house and walk the dog afterward.
I'm really tired after every DL. I go home, eat a bit and take a nap.  It is a good tired though, like I've actually accomplished something beneficial.
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« Reply #54 on: July 20, 2014, 06:27:41 PM »

Hello everyone. I want to thank you all again for your love, patience, care and prayer. You have helped me and my wife on our journey.

I'm happy to inform you all that today my wife and I declared to our priest our desire and intention to become catechumens and unite with the Orthodox Church. He has accepted us with joy. The official prayer before the congregation will be in three weeks when he returns from his vacation. I just couldn't wait to inform you all as this is all a miraculous answer to prayer.

The Lord moves, thanks be to God.  Cheesy
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« Reply #55 on: July 20, 2014, 06:47:58 PM »

Hooray!   angel
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« Reply #56 on: July 20, 2014, 06:49:41 PM »

Great news!
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« Reply #57 on: July 20, 2014, 07:05:14 PM »

Hello everyone. I want to thank you all again for your love, patience, care and prayer. You have helped me and my wife on our journey.

I'm happy to inform you all that today my wife and I declared to our priest our desire and intention to become catechumens and unite with the Orthodox Church. He has accepted us with joy. The official prayer before the congregation will be in three weeks when he returns from his vacation. I just couldn't wait to inform you all as this is all a miraculous answer to prayer.

The Lord moves, thanks be to God.  Cheesy

Thanks be to God! It's wonderful that you have decided this as a family.

Many blessings on your journey. You have my prayers. Smiley
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« Reply #58 on: July 20, 2014, 08:20:43 PM »

Glory to God.
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« Reply #59 on: July 20, 2014, 10:05:16 PM »

Congratulations!!   Grin
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« Reply #60 on: July 25, 2014, 04:37:56 PM »

Hello everyone. I want to thank you all again for your love, patience, care and prayer. You have helped me and my wife on our journey.

I'm happy to inform you all that today my wife and I declared to our priest our desire and intention to become catechumens and unite with the Orthodox Church. He has accepted us with joy. The official prayer before the congregation will be in three weeks when he returns from his vacation. I just couldn't wait to inform you all as this is all a miraculous answer to prayer.

The Lord moves, thanks be to God.  Cheesy

Praise the Lord. This is wonderful news indeed.
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« Reply #61 on: August 17, 2014, 02:39:21 PM »

a little thing i was able to share with OCN recently.   Cheesy

https://www.facebook.com/MyOCN/posts/10152632357020330
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« Reply #62 on: August 17, 2014, 09:25:16 PM »

Lord, have mercy on nicodemus144 and his family.
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« Reply #63 on: August 17, 2014, 10:21:57 PM »

Congratulations, best wishes, and prayers.
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« Reply #64 on: August 17, 2014, 10:24:34 PM »

Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #65 on: August 17, 2014, 10:26:09 PM »

a little thing i was able to share with OCN recently.   Cheesy

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« Reply #66 on: August 18, 2014, 11:59:17 PM »

Congratulations. Glory to God.
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