Author Topic: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!  (Read 4277 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline athanasios2

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 21
Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« on: March 22, 2009, 10:40:45 PM »
I've posted in this forum before, but it has been quite a while, due to work, being exhausted etc.

Finally, my wife and I will truly enter the Church this coming Saturday! Although both of us were baptized as children in the Baptist church, our documentation is very iffy (is that really a word?) so we will both be baptized as well as chrismated. That is how I hoped it would work out, so I'm overjoyed that we'll both get the whole Orthodox package, so to speak!

I was surprised to find that we will also have the blessing of our marriage at the same time. I had assumed that since it's Great Lent, we would have to do that later; but our priest got permission from the Metropolitan, so that is on for Saturday as well.

I'm so happy and excited that I can hardly write without exclamation points all over the place!!!

Although we were both raised in the Baptist church, we spent many years as Episcopalians. For the last 15 of the 25+ years we spent in the Episcopal church we were both thinking, talking and praying about Orthodoxy; so it feels like it's been a long journey. Now I couldn't give a good reason that it took so long, but I wish we'd acted years ago! Thank God that the Ancient Church still exists!!

Offline ComingHome

  • Elder
  • *****
  • Posts: 302
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2009, 10:53:38 PM »
I don't know if congratulations is the correct word but I am very happy for you!

Offline Rosehip

  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 2,760
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2009, 10:56:21 PM »
Rejoicing with you!
+ Our dear sister Martha (Rosehip) passed away on Dec 20, 2010.  May her memory be eternal! +

Offline Entscheidungsproblem

  • Formerly Friul & Nebelpfade
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,495
    • Amsterdam Declaration 2002
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2009, 10:57:53 PM »
Many years!
As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future.
-- Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS

Offline ozgeorge

  • I'll take you for who you are if you take me for everything.
  • Hoplitarches
  • *************
  • Posts: 16,382
  • My plans for retirement.
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2009, 10:58:50 PM »
Many Years to you both!
If you're living a happy life as a Christian, you're doing something wrong.

Offline Fr. George

  • formerly "Cleveland"
  • Administrator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *******
  • Posts: 20,188
  • May the Lord bless you and keep you always!
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2009, 11:04:02 PM »
Congratulations, and may the Lord bless your journey through Orthodoxy!
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.

Offline jnorm888

  • Jnorm
  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 2,516
  • Icon and Cross (international space station)
    • Ancient Christian Defender
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2009, 11:13:33 PM »
Congrats!

And plan now about what to do from April 20nth to September 1st.

1.) You could plan to visit a monastery during this time

2.) Join a group in your parish

3.) Sing in your church choir

4.) Attend Church conferences

5.) Pick up Orthodox theology classes

6.) Attend Vespers or Vigils.......ect. (some may not have them during this time)

7.) Bible studies, prayer groups, and lectures about Orthodoxy......ect.


Or anything else I forgot to mention, but whatever you do, stay spiritually bizzy around that time.......if you do  then you should be fine.



JNORM888
« Last Edit: March 22, 2009, 11:18:30 PM by jnorm888 »
"loving one's enemies does not mean loving wickedness, ungodliness, adultery, or theft. Rather, it means loving the theif, the ungodly, and the adulterer." Clement of Alexandria 195 A.D.

http://ancientchristiandefender.blogspot.com/

Offline SolEX01

  • Toumarches
  • ************
  • Posts: 12,142
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
  • Faith: Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Metropolis of New Jersey
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2009, 11:21:35 PM »
Congratulations and Many Years!!

Offline GabrieltheCelt

  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,013
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2009, 11:53:19 PM »
Many Years!  Really exciting news!
"The Scots-Irish; Brewed in Scotland, bottled in Ireland, uncorked in America."  ~Scots-Irish saying

Offline ialmisry

  • There's nothing John of Damascus can't answer
  • Hypatos
  • *****************
  • Posts: 38,399
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2009, 12:19:28 AM »
Welcome Home! Many Years!
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
A hasty quarrel kindles fire,
and urgent strife sheds blood.
If you blow on a spark, it will glow;
if you spit on it, it will be put out;
                           and both come out of your mouth

Offline Alveus Lacuna

  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,002
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2009, 12:34:57 AM »
The Newly Illumined are the envy of the world!  God grant you many years, and pray also for my safe entry into the Church!

Offline mike

  • The Jerk
  • Stratopedarches
  • **************
  • Posts: 22,009
  • Scarecrow is watching you
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Makurian Orthodox
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2009, 04:49:15 AM »
3.) Sing in your church choir

Unless you sing badly :P

Congrats!

Offline Thomas

  • Moderator
  • Archon
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,861
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2009, 08:51:21 AM »
Welcome Home! Many Years
Your brother in Christ ,
Thomas

Offline LizaSymonenko

  • Слава Ісусу Христу!!! Glory to Jesus Christ!!!
  • Global Moderator
  • Toumarches
  • ******
  • Posts: 13,885
    • St.Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Faith: Eastern Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A.
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2009, 10:41:23 AM »

Many years to you both!

Heaven and Earth rejoices!

 :D

Conquer evil men by your gentle kindness, and make zealous men wonder at your goodness. Put the lover of legality to shame by your compassion. With the afflicted be afflicted in mind. Love all men, but keep distant from all men.
—St. Isaac of Syria

Offline jlerms

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 826
  • O sweet Jesus, cleanse my soul.
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2009, 10:51:09 AM »
Glory to God!  and Many Years to you and your family.

Offline EofK

  • Mrs. Y
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 3,976
  • lolcat addict
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2009, 11:22:18 AM »
Congratulations and many years!
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. -- Douglas Adams

Offline stashko

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,998
  • Wonderworking Sitka Icon
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2009, 02:10:07 PM »
AXIOS,DOSTOJAN,WORTHY,ДОСТОЈАН..........
CONGRADULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR WIFE...........
SLAVA BOOGU, GLORY TO GOD, СЛАВА БОГУ.............
ГОСПОДЕ ГОСПОДЕ ,ПОГЛЕДАЈ СА НЕБА ,ДОЂИ И ПОСЕТИ ТВОЈ ВИНОГРАД ТВОЈА ДЕСНИЦА ПОСАДИЛА АМИН АМИН.

Offline Riddikulus

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,788
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2009, 08:11:42 PM »
Many years. Congratulations to you both.
I believe in One God, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.
Theodosius Dobzhansky, Russian Orthodox Christian (1900-1975)

Offline Starlight

  • Site Supporter
  • OC.net guru
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,537
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2009, 01:16:23 AM »
Many years! Congratulations! Welcome home!

Offline athanasios2

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 21
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2009, 01:17:17 AM »
Thank you very much for all the replies.

I'm especially thankful for the fact that my wife and I are together in this all the way. We've gone through the thinking and praying together, and arrived at the same conclusion at the same time.

We know several couples where one is Orthodox, and the other has real problems with it. We pray for them every day, and thank God for our own situation.

Offline athanasios2

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 21
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2009, 01:34:58 AM »
It's wonderful!! Evpraxia and I are finally truly Orthodox Christians.

Many wonderful people were present. I was amazed at how many of the people who we went to church with when we were Episcopalians came to our Baptism, Chrismation, Marriage Blessing. I hope and pray that this introduction to Orthodoxy will ignite a spark of interest for those people. Of course there were also many Orthodox faithful there as well to support us, and it was wonderful to have them there.

I am so very thankful that the ancient Church still exists today, and that we are now part of it.

Offline ozgeorge

  • I'll take you for who you are if you take me for everything.
  • Hoplitarches
  • *************
  • Posts: 16,382
  • My plans for retirement.
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2009, 01:38:35 AM »
Glory to God and many Years to you both!
If you're living a happy life as a Christian, you're doing something wrong.

Offline Fr. George

  • formerly "Cleveland"
  • Administrator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *******
  • Posts: 20,188
  • May the Lord bless you and keep you always!
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2009, 07:31:13 AM »
Glory to God!
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.

Offline sohma_hatori

  • Earthbending Novice
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 527
  • The Blind Bandit
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2009, 07:56:59 AM »
Congratulations! Mnogaya Leta! Many Years for you!  :angel:
""Pride is not the opposite of shame, but it's source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.""
— Iroh- Avatar:The Last Airbender

Offline SolEX01

  • Toumarches
  • ************
  • Posts: 12,142
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
  • Faith: Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Metropolis of New Jersey
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2009, 09:14:01 PM »
Glory to God!

Congratulations!

Offline Riddikulus

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,788
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2009, 10:43:26 PM »
Glory to God! Many years!
I believe in One God, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.
Theodosius Dobzhansky, Russian Orthodox Christian (1900-1975)

Offline Pravoslavbob

  • Section Moderator
  • Archon
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,204
  • Distressed about my country
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2009, 10:15:48 AM »
God grant you many years!   :)
Religion is a disease, and Orthodoxy is its cure.

Offline cholmes

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 146
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2009, 10:35:15 PM »
Many years!

Offline Starlight

  • Site Supporter
  • OC.net guru
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,537
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2009, 01:46:02 PM »
It's wonderful!! Evpraxia and I are finally truly Orthodox Christians.

Many wonderful people were present. I was amazed at how many of the people who we went to church with when we were Episcopalians came to our Baptism, Chrismation, Marriage Blessing. I hope and pray that this introduction to Orthodoxy will ignite a spark of interest for those people. Of course there were also many Orthodox faithful there as well to support us, and it was wonderful to have them there.

I am so very thankful that the ancient Church still exists today, and that we are now part of it.

Glory to God! Congratulations! Many blessed and happy years!

Offline Heorhij

  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,576
    • Mississippi University for Women
Re: Entering the Church in Less Than a Week!!!!!!
« Reply #29 on: April 07, 2009, 03:04:42 PM »
It's wonderful!! Evpraxia and I are finally truly Orthodox Christians.

Many wonderful people were present. I was amazed at how many of the people who we went to church with when we were Episcopalians came to our Baptism, Chrismation, Marriage Blessing. I hope and pray that this introduction to Orthodoxy will ignite a spark of interest for those people. Of course there were also many Orthodox faithful there as well to support us, and it was wonderful to have them there.

I am so very thankful that the ancient Church still exists today, and that we are now part of it.

Congratulations! Many Years!

Evpraxia is such a beautiful name. One of the daughters of the Kievan Great Prince Yaroslaw the Wise (11th century) had this baptismal name. She married a German prince and spent the rest of her life in Western Europe. There is a very interesting historical novel about her and her sisters by P. Zahrebel'ny. (They all ended up as wives of Western rulers - Anna Regina being the most famous, the wife of a French king.)
Love never fails.