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Offline Myrrh23

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Catechumen name
« on: July 02, 2009, 10:19:21 PM »
Does the Church allow catechumens to take the name of Mary as their Faith Name?
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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2009, 10:44:30 PM »
Certainly.  If you come to heavily populated Orthodox/Catholic areas you'd be amazed at the number of women named Mary/Maria.  What an awesome name to take! 

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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2009, 10:54:13 PM »
I'd like to point out that "Mary" doesn't necessarily refer to the Mother of God.  Mary of Egypt, Mary Magdalene, etc.


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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2009, 10:57:37 PM »
Absolutely! Just the other day I had a bunch of friends over, and we all were different "Mary's":

Despina, Madeline, Maureen, and there actually was a Mary in the bunch.  :D
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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2009, 11:18:01 PM »
Don't forget the Gaelic Máire and the Anglicized Maura:)
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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2009, 11:37:51 PM »
What about feminized twists to Saints' names, such as Paula or Michaela?  :-[
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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2009, 11:42:06 PM »
Certainly.  If you come to heavily populated Orthodox/Catholic areas you'd be amazed at the number of women named Mary/Maria.  What an awesome name to take
Indeed! That is also my sister's and grandmother's name. I love it ::)
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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2009, 01:50:07 AM »
Don't forget the Gaelic Máire and the Anglicized Maura:)

Yep, Maureen is the diminutive of Maura. :-)
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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2009, 01:51:22 AM »
What about feminized twists to Saints' names, such as Paula or Michaela?  :-[

Absolutely! This is done all the time.
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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2009, 02:04:37 AM »
What about feminized twists to Saints' names, such as Paula or Michaela?  :-[

Absolutely! This is done all the time.

Ummm, not quite, if you're in a Slavic culture. Greeks and some others freely use femininised masculine names (Georgia/Georgina from George, etc), and, less commonly, masculine forms of feminine names, but, unless you're a monastic (nuns are often given feminised male names at tonsure), that doesn't happen in Russian culture. By their reckoning, there has to be a saint of the same gender as the catechumen for the name to be considered acceptable. However, I'm happy to say that there are indeed female saints called Paula (an early martyr), and Michaela (New-martyr Michaela of Moscow, a nun, who was killed by the NKVD in 1937 - her patron at tonsure was the Archangel Michael). So, even if your priest is Russian, there should be no problem at all taking the names Paula or Michaela.
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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2009, 02:24:39 AM »
What about feminized twists to Saints' names, such as Paula or Michaela?  :-[

Absolutely! This is done all the time.

Ummm, not quite, if you're in a Slavic culture. Greeks and some others freely use femininised masculine names (Georgia/Georgina from George, etc), and, less commonly, masculine forms of feminine names, but, unless you're a monastic (nuns are often given feminised male names at tonsure), that doesn't happen in Russian culture. By their reckoning, there has to be a saint of the same gender as the catechumen for the name to be considered acceptable. However, I'm happy to say that there are indeed female saints called Paula (an early martyr), and Michaela (New-martyr Michaela of Moscow, a nun, who was killed by the NKVD in 1937 - her patron at tonsure was the Archangel Michael). So, even if your priest is Russian, there should be no problem at all taking the names Paula or Michaela.

I'm not sure about this as I knew a few Nichole's (St. Nicholas of Myra) that are of Slavic background.

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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2009, 06:22:27 PM »
What about feminized twists to Saints' names, such as Paula or Michaela?  :-[

Is there a problem with this?  (Honestly asking...I'm new to all of this ;) )

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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2009, 09:03:28 AM »
What about feminized twists to Saints' names, such as Paula or Michaela?  :-[

Is there a problem with this?  (Honestly asking...I'm new to all of this ;) )

Your question was answered above, but I'll repeat: There are many cases in which this is common - and, thus, no problem.
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Re: Catechumen name
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2009, 09:22:40 AM »
No, I was wondering if the poster had a personal issue with it due to the smiley they chose.