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I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« on: October 15, 2009, 04:53:36 PM »
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.
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2009, 05:11:24 PM »


Congratulations!

May the Lord be with you always and guide you in your journey to your new home...the true Home.

God bless you!

Lord, have mercy.

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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2009, 05:17:11 PM »
Welcome to Orthodoxy :) You're in my prayers, I wish you the best on your spiritual journey.

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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2009, 05:23:59 PM »
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2009, 05:25:04 PM »
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2009, 05:33:12 PM »
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2009, 06:38:50 PM »
Lord, have mercy and aid your servant!

Is the family situation any different, or are you going it alone?

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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2009, 06:49:06 PM »
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2009, 07:09:24 PM »
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.

Many years! 

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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2009, 07:37:37 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2009, 07:51:12 PM »
Lord, have mercy on your servant ignatius!

Congratulations, friend!! :)
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2009, 07:56:51 PM »
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2009, 08:18:31 PM »
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2009, 08:27:13 PM »
Welcome ! to the true Light and Faith , Holy Orthodoxy....Axios, Dostojan ,worthy, Достојан...
Многаја Љета,И Многе Године....
Many Year's and Many Summers......

Lord Have Mercy! and Bless this Soul ,who has found the true faith ,and true light of Holy Orthodoxy...Amen Amen..
ГОСПОДЕ ГОСПОДЕ ,ПОГЛЕДАЈ СА НЕБА ,ДОЂИ И ПОСЕТИ ТВОЈ ВИНОГРАД ТВОЈА ДЕСНИЦА ПОСАДИЛА АМИН АМИН.

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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2009, 09:17:23 PM »
Lord have mercy.

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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2009, 10:02:20 PM »
Lord, have mercy, illumine and guide Your faithful servant Ignatius!
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2009, 10:35:50 PM »
Lord, 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.
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2009, 11:36:41 PM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2009, 11:56:58 PM »
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.

Congratulations! May the Lord be with you and bless you on your journey!  :)


Many years! 

Being in Richmond, there are Western Rite Orthodox nearby.

Unless I am mistaken, I believe both WR parishes are at minimum a 2 hr drive from Richmond.
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2009, 12:06:45 AM »
Lord, 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.

My all best wishes to you and your family, and may the Lord and the Most Holy Theotokos and all the saints will be with you and all yours!
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2009, 12:06:47 AM »
Lord, have mercy!

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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2009, 12:58:18 AM »
Lord, 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.

Ahh... Ignatius, dear man... you enthusiastic about Orthodoxy and your wife isn't... How familiar!

Let me tell you that in our family, it is my wife who is a "cradle Orthodox" (baptised as an infant), and I am a "convert" (chrismated Orthodox in 2007 when I was already 49 years old) - and yet I strive to live like an Orthodox (meaning pray, fast, etc.), while my wife finds all that ridiculous and utterly unnecessary..

God Almighty, please sort us all out...
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Re: I ask humbly for your prayers... entry into Orthodoxy
« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2009, 10:24:46 PM »
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