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Title: Well, this is it! :)
Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 08, 2012, 09:55:54 PM
Tomorrow (friday the 9th), our little fledgling parish-to-be heads up (down? over?) to South Carolina for ordinations/chrismations/baptisms!  ;D Please keep us all in prayer as we travel tomorrow... and for the services that happen on Saturday and Sunday! (and safe travel back, too.)  and yes, pics will be posted... :)
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Post by: soderquj on November 08, 2012, 10:00:53 PM
May God smile on this happy occasion!
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Post by: FormerReformer on November 08, 2012, 10:03:00 PM
Glory to God! Many years!
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 08, 2012, 10:27:09 PM
Thanks, y'all! :D
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Post by: izrima on November 09, 2012, 01:13:43 AM
Many years! I am excited for you  :)
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Post by: Alpo on November 09, 2012, 03:45:48 AM
Ordinations? How many people are ordained?
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 09, 2012, 01:59:16 PM
i believe there are two priests being ordained.....ours and one other. could be wrong about exact number tho.
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Post by: biro on November 09, 2012, 05:18:28 PM
Congratulations.
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Post by: Maria on November 09, 2012, 06:56:30 PM
Many years.
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 09, 2012, 06:58:59 PM
well we made it to South Carolina and are safely ensconced into our rooms.... can't believe it's finally here!!!!
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Post by: Tommelomsky on November 09, 2012, 07:25:34 PM
I am so happy for you. As you have been in my prayers and will continue to be so.
Many years, many years.
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 09, 2012, 07:27:21 PM
 ;D Than you!! Stay tuned for updates, LOL.... :)
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 09, 2012, 07:39:31 PM
well....surpise....chrismations and baptisms are going to be TONIGHT.... wow!
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Post by: Tommelomsky on November 09, 2012, 07:41:12 PM
well....surpise....chrismations and baptisms are going to be TONIGHT.... wow!

Trust in God, sing in joy and best of luck to you. :)
This is your moment.
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Post by: Deborah on November 09, 2012, 08:40:05 PM
well....surpise....chrismations and baptisms are going to be TONIGHT.... wow!

 ;D

At last the waiting is over!  Amazing how God works...very happy this moment has arrived for you, your family, priest-to-be and fledging parish.  Enjoy and treasure this occasion of your entry into the Orthodox Church.  Praying for you and look forward to hearing how it went. :)
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 09, 2012, 11:55:05 PM
....and that's it....we are official! My daughter has been baptised, and all 12. of us have been chrismated.  Simply amazing...too tired for words, will fill in more later.
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Post by: Deborah on November 10, 2012, 12:15:15 AM
Congratulations CatherineBrigid! Many, many, many years to you, your daughter and the rest of your parish! :D ;D
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Post by: lovesupreme on November 10, 2012, 01:35:19 AM
Praise God! Many, many years. :)
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Post by: Thomas on November 10, 2012, 01:52:56 AM
Wonderful news! As the Antiochian Metropolitan said, "WELCOME HOME!"

Thomas
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Post by: NicholasMyra on November 10, 2012, 02:03:48 AM
....and that's it....we are official! My daughter has been baptised, and all 12. of us have been chrismated.  Simply amazing...too tired for words, will fill in more later.
Glory to God!
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 10, 2012, 02:23:16 AM
Check out the big grin on her face!!! My daughter described our evening as 'the most amazingly awesome thing ever!'  It was her and my son's first exposure to an Orthodox service... and I can tell it had the same impact on them (at least, her for sure) as it did me.  What a deeply touching and profound night.  And more to come tomorrow, as the clergy ordinations begin!!! Not only were all 12 of us chrismated (plus two baptisms) - this is the beginning of our parish... this is the weekend St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church is officially born.  These are the kinds of beautiful moments in life that just can't be duplicated.....and memories to treasure forever. 

(http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b269/jeffskat/Baptism%20and%20Chrismation%2011-9-12/kathrynbaptized.jpg)
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 10, 2012, 02:26:14 AM
oops duplicate post sorry
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Post by: mike on November 10, 2012, 10:02:48 AM
Many years!
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Post by: mabsoota on November 10, 2012, 06:38:47 PM
yaaaaaaaaaaay!
 :D
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Post by: Fr. Bob on November 10, 2012, 06:58:43 PM
Congratulations and Blessings to all around.

God willing there may be two more Priests, one deacon and some laity following your footsteps hopefully the last of this month or first of December. Baptisms are such a special thing to those being baptized and to all present.

We offer our hopes for every success in you new church and will certainly pray for each of you at mass tomorrow.

In Christ's Love,

Fr. Bob
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Post by: Tommelomsky on November 10, 2012, 07:18:30 PM
Congratulations! :)
Many years, many years.
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 10, 2012, 07:55:12 PM
Congratulations and Blessings to all around.

God willing there may be two more Priests, one deacon and some laity following your footsteps hopefully the last of this month or first of December. Baptisms are such a special thing to those being baptized and to all present.

We offer our hopes for every success in you new church and will certainly pray for each of you at mass tomorrow.

In Christ's Love,

Fr. Bob


Wonderful! and thank you so much... will pray for y'all, too. :)
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 10, 2012, 08:03:13 PM
Another amazing day here in SC.  One sub-deacon was ordained, and our priest was ordained as a deacon; tomorrow he will be ordained as a priest (apparently there's a rule, have to be a deacon for at least a day before jumping up to priest, even if you were a priest before LOL).  It was very cool!

Today was also our first celebration of the Eucharist!!! I was surprised to find myself in tears afterwards... the amazing sense of holiness, of awe, of... GOD.....! Maybe it sunk in that we were really home now. :)

After church, we had lunch, and then visited the Saints Mary & Martha Orthodox Monastery.... the nuns were WONDERFUL and so kind. 

What a blessed day indeed!
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Post by: biro on November 10, 2012, 08:22:40 PM
yaaaaaaaaaaay!
 :D

Double it! Yay!  :laugh:
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 11, 2012, 12:12:37 AM
Thanks!
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Post by: quietmorning on November 11, 2012, 01:03:00 AM
Congratulations and many many years!! YAY!!!
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Post by: Shiranui117 on November 11, 2012, 09:23:38 PM
Many years! Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!
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Post by: Luke on November 11, 2012, 09:30:27 PM
Many years!
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 11, 2012, 11:07:58 PM
Thank you all!!! Here are a few more pics. :)

Me during Chrismation

(http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b269/jeffskat/chrismation.jpg)

After Fr. Benedict's ordination today... Bishop Jerome wearing Western vestments (since we are a western rite church)

(http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b269/jeffskat/SNMOCAfterOrdination.jpg)

And here we (St. Nicholas of Myra Church) are, with an icon of St. Nicholas... a very, very, VERY old icon.... was a gift to us.  Such a blessing!

(http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b269/jeffskat/SNMOCICON.jpg)
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Post by: Shiranui117 on November 12, 2012, 12:08:02 AM
Wow, what a great blessing that all is, and how many joyous occasions all at once. Congratulations to you and to your parish!
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Post by: jmbejdl on November 12, 2012, 09:16:32 AM
What a wonderful thread. Congratulations, many years and welcome home.

James
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Post by: Alpo on November 12, 2012, 09:24:52 AM
What a wonderful thread. Congratulations, many years and welcome home.

James

+1

May your parish be fruitful and multiply.
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 12, 2012, 09:28:27 AM
Thank you!
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Post by: ialmisry on November 12, 2012, 09:47:04 AM
Many Years!
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Post by: CatherineBrigid on November 12, 2012, 01:55:57 PM
Reflecting back on things now, I think the single most moving moment of the whole entire weekend was on Sunday.  After Fr. Benedict was ordained as a priest, he served us communion... us, the brand-new parish of 12 newly-chrismated believers who'd been on this journey along with him.  And tho I was not consciously thinking of it at the time, I can look back and see how God started leading me to this time and place as far back as 10 years ago, how one thing led to another thing, which led to another thing...how the most seemingly random connections (joining an Anglican church, which is how I met Fr. B and my other friends/now fellow-parishoners on Facebook; then someone posting a link to Ancient Faith Radio over a year ago... and so on) all worked together to bring me to that point right then and there.  And all of us have stories like that, about how God brought us right to that time and place thru a series of seemingly random events... anyway, just to be a part of that moment was absolutely priceless and one I'll never forget.  I was tearing up before it was even my turn to receive.  There was just something about that particular moment that was overwhelming.

There were other moments too... when my daughter was baptized... when we were all chrismated... the kindness of the nuns at Sts. Mary & Martha Monastery (OCA) that we got to visit on Saturday (one in particular noticed how tired I looked and kept saying over and over again how she will pray for me...think she figured out that I'm a single mom tho I didn't outright say so, lol).... when we were presented with our icon of St. Nicholas at lunch on Sunday.... the sense of awe and wonder and "being HOME" as we were chrismated and during our first Divine Liturgy the next day...  the feeling of watching a church family being born right before our eyes.  We all went over to SC as Anglican or Presbyterian or Catholic or "miscellaneous religious background" lay folks and we all came home together as a church family. 

It was a time I'll never, ever forget...something quite special, quite remarkable indeed.  I am so thankful God made a way for the kids and I to be a part of it.
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Post by: elephant on November 12, 2012, 02:44:16 PM
Dear CatherineBrigid,

I am so glad to read your story, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Since I live far away I have only small hopes of visiting Saints Mary & Martha, but I agree it is a special place.  I purchase candles from them and eagerly read news about their progress.  Hopefully you will be able to visit with them again. 

Glory be to God! 

love, elephant
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Post by: Desiring_unity on November 12, 2012, 03:29:03 PM
Thank you for posting.  What a beautiful story!

Many years!!!
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Post by: Феофан on November 12, 2012, 04:44:23 PM
Catherine,

forgive me if I don't have your name correct ... I wanted to share a quote with you from St.Cyril of Jerusalem that my Godmother gave me at my baptism ...

"Great indeed is the baptism which is offered to you. It is the ransom to captives; the remission of sin; the regeneration of the soul; the garment of light; the holy seal indissoluble; the chariot to heaven; the luxury of paradise; a procuring of the Kingdom; the gift of adoption."

I think your daughter was right, "this IS the most awesome thing EVER" !   :)
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Post by: Clemente on November 12, 2012, 05:38:55 PM
It is a really big deal, so you do well to remember it here. May the joy of this day be upon you and your parish forever.

Axios to the newly ordained priests!  Great news.
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Post by: SolEX01 on November 12, 2012, 07:22:42 PM
Congratulations, Axios! to all clergy and Many Years to you, your daughter and to your parish!!
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Post by: Margarita on November 13, 2012, 09:37:28 AM
Many Many MANY Years!  Congratulations to you, the new parish, and all of y'all!  It's wonderful to read your story, and thanks for sharing the pictures.  BIG  :)  all day long!