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Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« on: January 01, 2008, 01:28:00 PM »
Hello everyone.  I'm being chrismated this upcoming Sunday, January 6, the Theophany.  Please pray for me.  The past few weeks I've been having a lot of doubts in my mind.  Thanks!

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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2008, 01:30:56 PM »
Doubts aside, George,  you know where your heart really is.  So, if it is not too presumptuous--Welcome home to the one true Church, George!  God grant you many years!
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2008, 01:38:36 PM »
Prayers for you George.  God bless you and many years!!!

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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2008, 01:43:46 PM »
Lord, have mercy.  I hope all goes well!
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2008, 01:58:33 PM »
Wonderful news! I'll pray for you. Let us know how it went. --G.
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2008, 03:57:15 PM »
Lord have mercy, and many years!
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2008, 04:47:10 PM »
Congratulations! You will have  many of us OC.net folks there in spirit,if not in person, joining our prayers with those of your congregation.

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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2008, 05:42:52 PM »
Doubts are normal before taking a big step in your life.  Don't worry about it.  Congratulations!

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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2008, 05:51:01 PM »
I'm being chrismated

Glory to God!  :D

Please pray for me.

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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2008, 12:12:39 AM »
Excellent news, and the answer to many of our prayers!
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2008, 04:27:39 AM »
God Bless and Many Years!
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2008, 09:55:43 AM »
Many years!
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2008, 11:01:32 AM »
Many years!

Don't worry, it wasn't for years after I was crismated that I "got it."
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2008, 09:16:56 PM »
Ialmisry,

I was hoping for sudden illumination, Matrix style.  ;D

Glad to see you still post on CA, too. 

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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2008, 05:09:05 PM »
I was chrismated today.  I don't feel any different yet.

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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2008, 05:54:52 PM »
Congratulations!

It so happens that I did not feel any different when I was Chrismated, but I was happy   :D Two years later and I am still quite satisfied about the move.

I had been preparing for that step for a long time, coming through the Byzantine Catholic church, so I felt like the whole affair was already in a familar setting...almost comfortable and not overwhelming. It felt to me like I had just come home from a long trip, and I could now relax.

I think that I can say the process of learning never ends, but when one has enrolled in a good school it should turn out fine indeed. So here's to your bright future...

Many Years!
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2008, 07:00:24 PM »
I was chrismated today.  I don't feel any different yet.

That's funny.  :)

My priest always told me not to expect a Protestant style "conversion experience".  Becoming Orthodox means having a complete change of heart, a conversion from our former selves to becoming Christ-like in the way we think, feel, and behave. And the conversion never ends, your formal entry into the Church is a very important step but God willing it will only be the beginning, theosis is a life long process.

Welcome home and many years!

p.s. if it's not to much of an imposition could you tell us about your first Communion?


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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2008, 09:50:19 PM »
I was chrismated today.  I don't feel any different yet.

Many years! :angel:

I didn't feel any different after getting married, but different it was (I did immediately feel different when my son was born, though  :D).
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2008, 11:20:59 PM »
Paisius,

I'm not sure what exactly to say about first Communion.  I didn't feel excited or anything like that.  Perhaps it's because I come from a Catholic background, always believing that the Eucharist is the true Body and Blood of Christ.

Later in the afternoon, a few of us from the church went to a Russian Orthodox church (Old Calendar) for Nativity/Christmas vigil.  I wish I could say that it was extraordinary and beautiful--beyond description--but to be quite honest, I wasn't really moved by the liturgy or the icon-covered interior.  I have really bad back problems, and I was suffering the entire time; so I know that had something to do with it.   

To be honest, I'm still wondering if I did the right thing.  Not that the right thing would have been staying where I was before.
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2008, 03:44:40 AM »
Doubts always attack us when we are on the right path.

praying for you.

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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2008, 04:10:43 AM »
StGeorge, may the peace and loving grace of Christ our God fill your heart and remove all evil thoughts and doubts of the True Faith from your mind.

Just consider my name for a little while please, and pray for me as I for you my friend 8)
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Re: Being Chrismated this Sunday (The Theophany)
« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2008, 06:50:04 PM »
Sure, I'll pray.

Things today seemed different than before.  When I woke up, I was surprised by a few things.  I was tired and exhausted, but I was not groggy as usual.  Also, every time I wake up my ankle hurts and I have trouble walking (due to my back problem).  Today, when I woke up, my legs seemed more stable than usual and I didn't have as much difficulty standing up.  My back still hurt and hurts, but it wasn't as bad in the morning. 

Throughout the day, my back still gave me problems, but I was able to focus on my job more than on most days.  Usually, by the end of the day, I just want to collapse and die from pain; but today I didn't feel this way. 

Many things around me seem brighter than before.  I don't feel AS depressed as I usually do; although I still feel not so sure about my future. 

Last night I went to a Russian Orthodox Church for Christmas.  Boy, was that every painful.  I was trapped by people all around me, and my back hurt so much that I couldn't focus on the chants or really join in the liturgy entirely.  I just prayed the Jesus Prayer the entire time.  In any case, maybe it's best that I went and partially the reason for why I felt significantly better in a long time.