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Grace and Peace,Last week I entered into formal instruction with an Orthodox Parish Priest to begin my entry into Eastern Orthodoxy (Catechumanate in a next couple weeks 'before the Fast' and Chrismation 'after the Fast'). My journey has been long, challenging and difficult. That, he assures me, will not stop and in fact may very well increase as I near Chrismation after the Advent Fast. I humbly ask for your prayers and kindness as I begin this next step on my journey of faith. As a devout Catholic stepping away from Rome has been troubling and as a Westerner it has been culturally difficult too. Take pity on me and do be kind when I am present here concerning the Roman Church. Several times in the past discussions on the forum have temped me away from entry into Orthodoxy as I felt the need to defend the Western Church, my home, and I am certain that this has been my own fault and weakness but your kindness and consideration will aid me in avoiding these traps that I too often fall prey to.Peace and God Bless.
Lord, have mercy and aid your servant!Is the family situation any different, or are you going it alone?
Many years! Being in Richmond, there are Western Rite Orthodox nearby.
Quote from: Alveus Lacuna on October 15, 2009, 06:38:50 PMLord, have mercy and aid your servant!Is the family situation any different, or are you going it alone?Grace and Peace,My wife and daughter have attended Vespers and Liturgies. We've had the Priest over our home for the Blessing of the House last year. When we found out my wife was pregnant she was blessed by the Priest with oil from a lamb where the relics of St. John of Kronstadt are kept. She was blessed and she found it quite an experience. She is currently not going to enter into Orthodoxy but she remains active in dialogue with our Priest and participation in the Liturgy as often as she is able and willing. My daughter will has been being Catechized Orthodox (i.e. Byzantine) for a while now and she has always attended the Orthodox Parish with me and God Willing my son Aidan will be Baptized Orthodox after his naming.It's challenging there is no doubt.
Hey, I don't hand out 9.5s to just anyone!
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