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« on: December 09, 2007, 04:36:39 AM »

Hey all. I want to thank everyone who read my previous post for your prayers and encouragement. I am doing some better. Just taking it a day at a time. So I have a question. I know that many times, upon chrismation, it's customary to take on a new name, that of a saint that has lived previously. I know not everyone does it. Some already have a great name. For personal reasons, though, this practice is very appealing to me. Aaaaaaanywho. My question: what is the criteria that is often used in picking the name? Is it typically a saint the person has an unexplicable connection with or fondness for? How does it work? What if there are more than one saint that you deeply admire or feel a connection with? Any help is appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2007, 10:34:47 AM »

Well, without knowing your exact cirumstances, here goes:

Typically, a name change is only done if the person does not already have a Christian name. For example, if your name were Zaphod, you could probably choose a different one. However, it is highly unusual for someone who has a Christian name already (such as yours) to be known in the Church as anything else.

Therefore, this would be a determination between you and your priest as to whether your particular circumstances would warrant a name change.

Hope that helps.

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2007, 12:39:46 PM »

Bearing Mr. Y's post in mind, we do have a few friends who had a Christian name and opted for a different saint name because they felt a special connection with the saint.  Read into the lives of the saints as there may be one who you identify with strongly who doesn't share your name.  I would strongly encourage you to consult a priest as well.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2007, 02:13:28 PM »

Is it typically a saint the person has an unexplicable connection with or fondness for? How does it work? What if there are more than one saint that you deeply admire or feel a connection with? Any help is appreciated.
Aaron

The answer really varies but is totally up to you.  If you feel a connection to a particular saint, as one of my friends did, then maybe this is the saint for you.  If you already have a Christian name but couldn't find a saint with that name, as was my case, and you want a name of a saint, then go for it.  It's really a personal choice, Aaron.  Maybe you should talk it over with your priest before you make a decision.

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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2007, 03:44:55 PM »

My patron saint is St. John of Damascus, whose day just passed Tuesday.  My name means Jesus, so can't get much more Christian than that.  It is very common at the parish I'm  at now for converts (and we have a couple dozen every year) to get a name with some saint they connect with.  Some legally change their names.

I would of course pick your name so it is ready for chrismation.

Btw, it is common to take new names at chrismation, just like men who have perfectly good Orthodox Christian names take others when they are ordained, and men and women with perfectly good Orthodox Christian names take new ones at monastic tonsure.
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2007, 05:54:23 PM »

My name is William, and though there were a few pre-schism saints with that name, I didn't feel a tremendous connection with them. Emp. Justinian, however, was someone who fascinated me the more I learned of him, so that's what I chose.

However, I'm called Will in every setting except when I go up for communion. So just because you choose the name doesn't mean you'll be called it (unless you want to!).

But I echo everyones sentiment to talk to your priest about it.
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2007, 12:47:26 AM »

Thanks for the advice everyone. I did e-mail my priest about it, and hope to receive his imput soon. Thanks again.
God bless.
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2007, 06:10:04 PM »

Bearing Mr. Y's post in mind, we do have a few friends who had a Christian name and opted for a different saint name because they felt a special connection with the saint.  Read into the lives of the saints as there may be one who you identify with strongly who doesn't share your name.  I would strongly encourage you to consult a priest as well.

This is me! I had a perfectly good Christian name, and decided to choose Great Martyr Anastasia (d. 304) as my saint. I did this because I felt a connection to her--I felt that her life was a great example, and I really saw a few parallels in our lives. I only hope not to disgrace her! Wink
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2007, 07:10:16 PM »

Old Testament Aaron is cooool.

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