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 41 
 on: Today at 01:59:28 AM 
Started by sakura95 - Last post by sakura95
There is an Orthodox presence in Indonesia, FWIW.

I don't live in Indonesia Sad

Borneo is divided into three countries which are Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia. I'm a Malaysian.

 42 
 on: Today at 01:57:04 AM 
Started by sakura95 - Last post by sakura95
You are going to get different responses from different Orthodox. I am sure that there will be some Orthodox who will say that you cannot get involved in the rites in any way because they are pagan. Other Orthodox, as you see on the site, are more interfaith about some things. I am more interfaith myself and visited a Buddhist service once.

There are Orthodox who would not do Yoga for religious reasons and there are others who would say that it's OK if you don't add in religious ideas that disagree with Christianity. So in other words, there are a lot of Orthodox and we are not a strict, rigid monolith on many questions.

Alright, I see. So it simply depends on which Orthodox Christian or Priest I consult. I'm more of the Interfaith type since I was raised in a multicultural and religious society. Given that there isn't exactly an official stance amongst the Orthodox, I suppose it is ok then as long as I don't partake in certain rituals such as burning offerings or offer food to the Departed.

 43 
 on: Today at 01:52:48 AM 
Started by sakura95 - Last post by LBK
There is an Orthodox presence in Indonesia, FWIW.

 44 
 on: Today at 01:50:17 AM 
Started by SolEX01 - Last post by LBK

And you cannot take the post count with you to heaven. So what does it profit you?

Oh, St. Peter, I also had 12 stars at OC.net. That should count for something? 

Duh. Don't go there.

Maria, who averages 2 posts a day in her lengthy tenure on this forum, has posted 125 times on 7/26 and 7/27.

Instead of seeking medical help for her ailments, she spams the board....

You took the time to count? Wow! Now that is wasting time.

I was trying to reach the next level, and I prayed while doing so. Isn't that better than watching a game on TV and piling down the French fries, potato chips, cookies, and Coke? So, now I have 11 stars!  laugh

 45 
 on: Today at 01:50:13 AM 
Started by sakura95 - Last post by sakura95
You need to talk to a Bishop or Priest in your area, who is familiar with your culture, who can help you navigate this.

The only thing that I can really offer is that I am reminded of Canon 9 of the Council of Laodicea, from ca. AD 365, which reads, "Concerning the fact that those belonging to the Church must not be allowed to go visiting the cemeteries or the so called martyria of any heretics, for the purpose of prayer or of cure, but, on the contrary, those who do so, if they be among the faithful, shall be excluded from communion for a time until they repent and confess their having made a mistake, when they may be readmitted to communion." 

I don't personally think this prohibits going to cemeteries to offer personal prayer for the departed according to an Orthodox understanding, but likely rather prohibits joining in heretical prayers in such places. But I don't know for sure.   I don't even know if a Buddhist would be classed as a "heretic" within the meaning of this canon.  It just comes to mind as something to think about.  You need to talk to a bishop or priest who knows your area and local customs.

None of my Departed Relatives are heretics based on the context of the Council of Laodicea. The Catholic Church is completely fine with it but there isn't such thing as a Borneoan Orthodox Church which means I wouldn't be able to consult any local Bishop or Priest at all in this matter. I would only be able to start attending an Orthodox Church when I further my studies overseas which would either be during September or January next year. As of now, I have to bear with attending Catholic masses.

I only got you guys here on this forum to consult in matters like these, there's no one else I could turn to, I don't even know if anyone in my area is even aware of the Orthodox Churches or not.

 46 
 on: Today at 01:46:03 AM 
Started by littlepilgrim64 - Last post by Maria
Any updates?

Know that I continue to pray for you.

Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

I hope you can make it to the Canon of the Theotokos aka Paraclesis.

I sooo do appreciate your prayers, Maria.   Smiley  ... I'm finding that alternating between attending the Presbyterian church one week and the GOC the next is getting old, as I long to be at liturgy more frequently.  I've been praying for direction about the timing of when I need to just make a clean break from the Presbyterian church. I'm getting excited about the Dormition fast period coming up and all of the opportunities for me to attend services in the evenings during those two weeks. ...

Dear Little Pilgrim,

I found myself in the same boat when I was a Roman Catholic looking into Orthodoxy. The priest told me that when the time came that I could no longer receive communion in the RCC, then it was time to become a catechumen. That time came within two weeks.

Do go to the Paracleisis (Canon to the Theotokos) during August. It is awesome.

The Canon is one of my favorite prayers, which I chant every night.

Know that I will keep you in my prayers.
Maria

 47 
 on: Today at 01:32:49 AM 
Started by littlepilgrim64 - Last post by Agabus
  I'm finding that alternating between attending the Presbyterian church one week and the GOC the next is getting old, as I long to be at liturgy more frequently.  I've been praying for direction about the timing of when I need to just make a clean break from the Presbyterian church.
I, like many before and after me, have been there. It is not easy, but God provides.

Lord have mercy.

 48 
 on: Today at 01:29:09 AM 
Started by SolEX01 - Last post by SolEX01
Post 11,000 - with step increase in the meager forum pay.   laugh

See, you have more posts than I do. Nor do I wish to surpass your posts.

I keep saying that the next level is unattainable - 14,500 posts is the next level.  18,000 posts is the level after that.

And you cannot take the post count with you to heaven. So what does it profit you?

Ask the 15 posters ahead of me the same question.   Wink

 49 
 on: Today at 01:27:44 AM 
Started by SolEX01 - Last post by Maria
Post 11,000 - with step increase in the meager forum pay.   laugh

See, you have more posts than I do. Nor do I wish to surpass your posts.

I keep saying that the next level is unattainable - 14,500 posts is the next level.  18,000 posts is the level after that.

And you cannot take the post count with you to heaven. So what does it profit you?

Oh, St. Peter, I also had 12 stars at OC.net. That should count for something? 

Duh. Don't go there.

 50 
 on: Today at 01:24:46 AM 
Started by SolEX01 - Last post by SolEX01
Post 11,000 - with step increase in the meager forum pay.   laugh

See, you have more posts than I do. Nor do I wish to surpass your posts.

I keep saying that the next level is unattainable - 14,500 posts is the next level.  18,000 posts is the level after that.

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