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No longer TryingtoConvert...
« on: July 30, 2017, 12:31:14 PM »
This is my last week as a catechumen but eventhough I am excited to go through my death, washing away my sins and rise in Christ, I am very nervous. I don't want to screw things up. I've longed to do this for 7 years and now that its happening it feels surreal. A new life in Christ is what I desire.

Anything you guys can recommend to calm my nervousness? I will be praying and continue my catechumenate readings this week.

If you can pray for me I would appreciate it. I really need them.

Thanks to all who have put up with me over the years and charitably have helped me along the way.
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2017, 01:05:20 PM »
Lord , have mercy. Grant your servant many years.
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 03:36:05 PM »
Lord, have mercy!

I can easily imagine feeling this way when/if I manage to be chrismated.  My only advice is to carry on.  :)

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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2017, 05:35:00 PM »
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2017, 05:59:21 PM »
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2017, 07:14:19 PM »
Why are you nervous when you'll be joining the Body of Christ and become a son of God by adoption, able to call Him Father, just like His Son?  Nay, rejoice in the Lord!


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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 07:32:06 PM »
For the remission of alts!  :police:

Will do
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 07:35:55 PM »
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 07:50:42 PM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2017, 08:33:01 PM »
So glad to hear! May God bless on your continued journey.  :)
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2017, 08:43:49 PM »
I was also a nervous wreck when I was chrismated, my path was much shorter than yours, but it had ups and downs enough, and the ceremony itself happened in an important (and very stressful) moment in my life. Shortly after, I went desperate feeling it had "backfired" (as if that were so easily possible for a sacrament) because I didn't repent from former misdeeds enough. All unnecessary, just look for good examples of people who went through similar paths and you'll surely find them (you may even already know them).
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2017, 09:08:29 PM »
God bless you! 

You will be just fine. 

Very happy for you  :D
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2017, 09:12:36 PM »
Lord have mercy! And glory to God it's so near!
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2017, 12:10:03 AM »
Advice: continue praying, and diligently.  Keep yourself constantly in the presence of Christ, and He will guide you into the peace beyond understanding.

We have a prayer of peace in the Coptic Church that I think would help you:

https://tasbeha.org/hymn_library/index.php?a=view&id=1324
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2017, 12:24:01 AM »
Good luck!

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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2017, 12:51:28 AM »
Alleluia!

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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2017, 08:19:11 AM »
For the remission of alts!  :police:

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Why are you nervous when you'll be joining the Body of Christ and become a son of God by adoption, able to call Him Father, just like His Son?  Nay, rejoice in the Lord!
I hear that but its more of baptism is one of the most important events (err sacraments) in a Christian's life. It only happens once so I'd like to take it seriously. Call it piousness or whatever, but the Orthodox faith matters to me. If there is one thing I want to take seriously in my life it's that, but that doesn't mean I can't laugh at augustin717's posts mocking the faith from time to time...

I was also a nervous wreck when I was chrismated, my path was much shorter than yours, but it had ups and downs enough, and the ceremony itself happened in an important (and very stressful) moment in my life. Shortly after, I went desperate feeling it had "backfired" (as if that were so easily possible for a sacrament) because I didn't repent from former misdeeds enough. All unnecessary, just look for good examples of people who went through similar paths and you'll surely find them (you may even already know them).
Thanks buddy for this post, strangely it has helped in some way.

Advice: continue praying, and diligently.  Keep yourself constantly in the presence of Christ, and He will guide you into the peace beyond understanding.

We have a prayer of peace in the Coptic Church that I think would help you:

https://tasbeha.org/hymn_library/index.php?a=view&id=1324
Thanks Mina, I will take your advice and check out that link later tonight.
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Re: No longer TryingtoConvert...
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2017, 10:17:06 AM »
Why are you nervous when you'll be joining the Body of Christ and become a son of God by adoption, able to call Him Father, just like His Son?  Nay, rejoice in the Lord!
I hear that but its more of baptism is one of the most important events (err sacraments) in a Christian's life. It only happens once so I'd like to take it seriously. Call it piousness or whatever, but the Orthodox faith matters to me. If there is one thing I want to take seriously in my life it's that, but that doesn't mean I can't laugh at augustin717's posts mocking the faith from time to time...
Baptism is not the end, but the beginning of your walk with Christ and His Church.  He has brought you to the first Holy Mystery, but there'll be many other times when you partake of the Holy Mysteries. 

And, from your words above, you're already starting this journey with Christian hope, which, in time, will allow you to laugh at yourself from time to time.

Rejoice in the Lord always!  I will say it again, rejoice! (Phil 4:4)
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