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« on: November 09, 2008, 09:05:41 PM »

As of today I have taken my vows within the Orthodox Church.  A long road full of existential crises has led me here.  It has not been easy, but I have full confidence that I have made the right decision.  I have been exorcised and blessed by my priest.  I now eagerly await my full union with the Church, but I also look forward to this year of growth in patience and purpose.

Someone at the parish did take some pictures, so if they email those to me I will be sure to post them!  I am filled with such an inward and deep-seeded joy; the joy of resolve.  I can tell that this is a faith that lasts.
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2008, 09:13:12 PM »

Excellent news! Please let us know of your progress as you make it!
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2008, 09:24:57 PM »

Many years! God guide you into His Holy Church.
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2008, 09:57:13 PM »

Congratulations!
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2008, 11:50:29 PM »

Many years!
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2008, 11:54:03 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2008, 12:21:49 AM »

Many years
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2008, 12:57:54 AM »

Congratulations! May God grant you many years!
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2008, 01:15:16 AM »

Congratulations!
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2008, 01:55:25 AM »

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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2008, 01:58:06 AM »

Congrats! Many years
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2008, 08:20:37 AM »

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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2008, 11:26:34 AM »

Congratulations! many Years!

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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2008, 12:20:21 AM »

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« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2008, 01:14:05 AM »

Beautiful photos Alveus! Congratulations again!
What a saintly looking old Priest! And I notice the carpet in front of the Holy Table in the third photo is well worn...always a good sign in an Orthodox Church!
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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2008, 01:22:48 AM »

Beautiful photos Alveus! Congratulations again!
What a saintly looking old Priest! And I notice the carpet in front of the Holy Table in the third photo is well worn...always a good sign in an Orthodox Church!

Hey, and if I'm not mistaken, I am currently wearing the same socks as you in the second photo!
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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2008, 10:39:41 PM »

What a saintly looking old Priest! And I notice the carpet in front of the Holy Table in the third photo is well worn...always a good sign in an Orthodox Church!

Father Paisius is an incredible man.  When he is not serving liturgy daily, he councils drug addicts for a "living", and weekly he and the nuns from our parish's sister convent serve meals to thousands of people.  I would say seeing the charity, humility, and love within him had a great deal to do with my becoming Orthodox.

While I'm thinking about it as a side question, are nuns typically called Mother instead of Sister, or are their distinctions in "rank" (such as abbess)?
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« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2008, 06:21:21 AM »

While I'm thinking about it as a side question, are nuns typically called Mother instead of Sister, or are their distinctions in "rank" (such as abbess)?
Nuns are typically called "Mother", it's not a distinction of rank. The same goes for male monks who are "Father" whether they are ordained or not.
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« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2008, 07:28:41 AM »

Tonsured monastics are Father/Mother, novices are Brother/Sister.
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« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2008, 02:04:43 AM »

Tonsured monastics are Father/Mother, novices are Brother/Sister.

So would a novice be a sort of "monk in training"? 

How long are brothers/sisters typically in this state of preparation? 

Also is the term "monk" proper to apply to female monastics, or is another term employed for gender distinction?
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So would a novice be a sort of "monk in training"? 

How long are brothers/sisters typically in this state of preparation? 

Also is the term "monk" proper to apply to female monastics, or is another term employed for gender distinction?

1. Yes.

2. As long as the abbot or abbess sees fit.

3. Monastic can be used as a general term for both males and females, but nun is the feminine equivalent of monk. In Greek, the terms are monakhos/monakhe (or, more colloquially, kalogeros/kalogria), in Russian, the terms are monakh/monakhinya, or inok/inokinya.
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« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2008, 06:05:17 AM »

Indeed, congratulation.  I only wish I had taken this same step.  Pray for me. 
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« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2008, 10:25:40 AM »

Welcome home!

Remember to pray for me please.
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« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2008, 04:01:24 PM »

I only wish I had taken this same step.  Pray for me.

What has prevented you from taking the vows?

I will do my best to remember you in my prayers.  I am a forgetful person.  What is your name?
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