To top it all off, immediately after the ceremony she protested the use of icons and made that fact known, in no uncertain terms, to one of the novices at the monastery where we were married. Needless to say, I don't think we'll be inviting them to my husband's Chrismation.
The wife of my husband's best man told my hubby that she found our wedding ceremony to be "joyless". But then, she comes from a happy-clappy tradition where where if they don't have a rock band and snake handlers in church, it just isn't true worship.Who on earth would tell someone getting married that their wedding is "joyless"? I want to slap her myself...
Fortunately, my hubby told me about her comment after the reception. He was very wise in that decision.
Your relatives sound like some of my strange Baptist relatives.
Lord have mercy.
Any prayers and suggestions would be appreciated. These Baptist relatives are part of a cult.
They have cut all ties with all our other relatives. As it stands now, they do not want any correspondence from us, neither do they share any information on births, weddings, and funerals.
I thought your family was Marian Catholic of something? Where did the Baptists come from?
My family was devout Catholic until 1970, then they suddenly left and became Protestants.
Everyone in my family had decided to become Baptist almost overnight, except me, so I was called the Prodigal because I refused to join them. However, my godmother had wisely instructed me. If it were not for her, I might have been convinced to join them, and then never discovered Orthodox Christianity.
She instructed me on two key points:
(1) Baptists have no apostolic succession, so they are cut root Christians without any real Deacons, Priests. or Bishops.
(2) Baptists cannot celebrate the Eucharist without a valid Priesthood, so their use of grape juice and crackers is just that.
From the first two points, points three and four follow:
(3) The Holy Catholic Church was instituted to celebrate the Eucharist ... "do this in memory of Me."
(4) Without the Eucharist, we cannot be saved: "Unless you eat My Body and drink My Blood you shall not have eternal life."