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 81 
 on: Today at 09:21:42 AM 
Started by Nephi - Last post by DeniseDenise
If they have a Pagan name, who is their Patron

Some pagan names are saints' names as well (there is a Saint Aphrodite). Most, though, celebrate their name days on All Saints Sunday. As a whole, we don't really do patron saints much.

As someone who has a pagan name turned saints name in general no, I don't disagree with the Greek practice.

It is. Based on the notion that 'someone of that name is a saint known only to God and not to us'

I do however find that idea harder to apply in areas where there have not been thousands of years of these 'saints unknown' to draw upon. In areas where Orthodxy is not a historical long term presence the notion that there is a saint by a pagan god's name who is a saint is harder to believe.

As a convert ( since we are really talking that here) I couldn't pick such a name on a 'well there could have been a Saint Loki, we just don't really know'.


 82 
 on: Today at 09:17:18 AM 
Started by Nephi - Last post by LBK
A good number of pre-Christian names are perfectly acceptable as baptismal names. For example, many of the 42 Virgin-martyrs (feast day September 1) bear ancient Greek names, including Aphrodite, Euterpe, Antigone, etc.

 83 
 on: Today at 09:14:46 AM 
Started by Nephi - Last post by Arachne
If they have a Pagan name, who is their Patron

Some pagan names are saints' names as well (there is a Saint Aphrodite). Most, though, celebrate their name days on All Saints Sunday. As a whole, we don't really do patron saints much.

 84 
 on: Today at 09:11:54 AM 
Started by Nephi - Last post by Alpo
If they have a Pagan name, who is their Patron

 85 
 on: Today at 09:10:27 AM 
Started by Nephi - Last post by Arachne
Question here amongst the bickering.

I can see 'most' street names being ok (though not ideal) for partaking in the Eucharist with, some are just to me wildly unsuitable yet used in modern life


'Servant of God, Thor...'

(I have indeed met at least one Thor, though not Orthodox)

There are just unsuitable street names. What do you do then?

Do you consider the names of old gods unsuitable for the Eucharist? Because we Greeks give those in baptism all the time, and 'handmaiden of God, Aphrodite' doesn't even get a batted eyelid.

 86 
 on: Today at 09:06:03 AM 
Started by Nephi - Last post by Alpo
Sigh. The initial question posed in this thread is a good example of why, if you are named by your parents at birth with the name of a saint who is recognized by the undivided church, converts should think long and hard before picking a new name upon conversion. (There is, after all, some virtue in honoring your father and mother with respect to how and why they named you.) If your birth name was Michael, John, Mary or Anne for example think long about simply keeping it. If it was St Anthony of Padua for example...well use St. Anthony of the Caves and so on...If you have a "made up" modern name or a non Christian name which is more common theses days that's different, but I doubt the priest would use a birth name like that anyway.

One more point, if you change it from say "Jim" to "Polycarp Eusebius" for baptism and everyone calls you "Jim" at church, well you will get no sympathy from this PK if your priest or Bishop calls you "Jim" at communion. He's got a lot on his mind at that point in the liturgy.

A good advice but it doesn't always work when you're living between two cultures. If a guy with a Western name converts to Orthodoxy he might be encouraged to pick some non-obvious Saint based on Orthodox logic since our churches generally are not aware of etymology of Western names. Hence I didn't turn out as Johannes (John) but Januarius. Not that I'd have any problem with my Saint but I generally need to repeat the name few times when asked as it is not a normal Finnish name.

 87 
 on: Today at 09:04:30 AM 
Started by Indocern - Last post by Skydive
He was having 2, GOD when helped us sended him to give me one.

I don't understand what you're saying. Could you be more clear?

I see in my mind he was defended by 2 Guardian Angels.

And the praying of priest book is praying for few Guardian Angels.

When i was in need i prayed to GOD to help us. And GOD immediately sended energy to me so Otets Boris can access me. It was very powerful energy. And Otets Boris connected to me spiritualy and sended me one light ball i see Guardian Angel was defending me after this.
Your priest possesses you?  Shocked

Yes I do. And a few others here.

 88 
 on: Today at 09:00:45 AM 
Started by Nephi - Last post by TheTrisagion
Sigh. The initial question posed in this thread is a good example of why, if you are named by your parents at birth with the name of a saint who is recognized by the undivided church, converts should think long and hard before picking a new name upon conversion. (There is, after all, some virtue in honoring your father and mother with respect to how and why they named you.) If your birth name was Michael, John, Mary or Anne for example think long about simply keeping it. If it was St Anthony of Padua for example...well use St. Anthony of the Caves and so on...If you have a "made up" modern name or a non Christian name which is more common theses days that's different, but I doubt the priest would use a birth name like that anyway.

One more point, if you change it from say "Jim" to "Polycarp Eusebius" for baptism and everyone calls you "Jim" at church, well you will get no sympathy from this PK if your priest or Bishop calls you "Jim" at communion. He's got a lot on his mind at that point in the liturgy.
+1

As usual, pod comes through with the most common sense response to this "problem"

 89 
 on: Today at 08:55:21 AM 
Started by Jetavan - Last post by TheTrisagion
Where do I go to vote for more people with Scottish accents being on Youtube?
+1

After the vote failed, I went to go listen to Scottish women talking on Youtube as a salve for my soul. The sparcity of videos was shocking.

 90 
 on: Today at 08:55:19 AM 
Started by Nephi - Last post by DeniseDenise
^How does the old/new self apply to names for those converts that don't get a different name upon conversion? And how important is this name stuff really when non-Byzantine rites don't seem to have the same practices regarding names?

I am just as much a new person as any after baptism. The fact of my receiving the same name back as a baptismal name does not change this.

Either you believe that you are a new person upon baptism or you you don't.
If you do, and yet communing in the name of the 'old man' is fine and dandy, that gives the 'old man' a place in the Church.

I find that a rough idea.



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