MY FIRST LITURGY
today I went to my first liturgy at St. Michael's Orthodox Church. IT WAS SO AMAZING! the icons, paintings, etc. took my breath away. the priest was so nice. in the Catholic and Protestat churches I've been to, the priest was some old man who didn't want to talk to teenagers. this priest even called me by my name. after the service, I went with my friends to coffee hour and met some WONDERFUL PEOPLE. I thought they would look at me as an outsider, but they made me feel more at home than i've ever felt at any church in my life! I even met a woman who started teaching at my high school the day it opened in 1959! they were more like a big family than a church! and, In the Catholic church, we just got yucky wafers, but we get accual chuncks of bread in the orthodox church! I know what you're thinking, no, i did not relieve communion, but my friend gve me a piece of communion bread after she went up, so did another man, and, at coffee hour, another man. I JUST LOVE THESE PEOPLE! (AND THEIR BREAD!)
but, I need some advice. my mother has some ill-will towared the Catholic church, which I understand. one of the things she doesent like is confession. I don't know why. I've explained to her, as the priest explained to me about seven hours ago, that the Catholic church broke from the Orthodox church and took with it some of our traditions. she understands this, but I still need to convince her that I am SURE I want to convert. I don't think she realizes there is a process and I can't just say: "I'm In" (although I wish it were that easy)
I intend to wait one month, or until the priest says "Would you like to be Orthodox, here's how." But, do you have any tips for me on convincing my mom I want to convert? she is not against the Orthodox church. she went to the same church when she was little (with my friends mom, who is Eastern Orthodox) and she liked it.
How did people in my situation tell their parents they wanted to convert?