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A brief update.
« on: May 03, 2016, 03:40:38 PM »
So in around a week and a half I shall be enjoying an Orthodox retreat, including my second experience of the Liturgy. I.am. ridiculously. Excited. Not least because my husband is, if not enthusiastic, quite interested in the whole idea. This is all the more helpful and encouraging because the weekend could have been a source of great friction as my eldest daughter has elected to be baptised in his church on the Sunday. I would have liked to have been there, of course, but the retreat has been booked for a good long while now, and the baptism decision came very recently. Anyway, like I say, could have been a difficulty, but it's not and he is insisting I go to the retreat because he knows how important it is to me.

Things have been much, much better recently, still a few snide comments, but we have actually had some positive conversations, and he was actually defending the communion of the Saints the other day. Just thought I'd update you all. Please do pray for us, as you are minded to.
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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2016, 05:07:10 PM »
Christos Anesti! Praise be to God!

I am happy for you to see that it is finally working between you and your husband even if it isn't perfect yet. Take the time to thank God for that improvement! Please pray for me, my wife and kids since they don't have any interested in Christianity other than to respect my faith and beliefs. Still, i am judged and getting confronted once in awhile when Christians and religion as a whole make headlines in the news for the wrong reasons.

Use your retreat as an occasion to pray for you and your loved ones, meditate, read the Scriptures, participates in the services and rest from the "world outside".

May the Holy Trinity bless you.
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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2016, 06:07:18 PM »
Very good news.

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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2016, 06:59:03 PM »
Great news!

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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2016, 08:44:49 PM »
Wonderful to hear! May God continue to bless your journey!  :)
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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2016, 02:26:01 PM »
Thanks all. Two more sleeps!
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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2016, 02:44:05 PM »
Thanks all. Two more sleeps!

I'm excited for you.  :D
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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2016, 05:09:09 PM »
It was wonderful. The Liturgy was like being invited into a mystery, and being completely accepted, as of course I didn't really know what I was about during it, but it really didn't matter, and I've rarely been in an unfamiliar church setting yet still felt accepted. I learned so much, particularly about praying the agpeya. And everyone was so friendly and kind.
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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2016, 05:18:40 PM »
I'm so glad you had a great time, Eruvande! :)
Wonderful to hear how God is blessing you.
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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2016, 07:34:21 PM »
Wonderful, may your journey continue to bring you closer to our Lord and his Holy Church.
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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2016, 11:06:14 PM »
It was wonderful. The Liturgy was like being invited into a mystery, and being completely accepted, as of course I didn't really know what I was about during it, but it really didn't matter, and I've rarely been in an unfamiliar church setting yet still felt accepted. I learned so much, particularly about praying the agpeya. And everyone was so friendly and kind.

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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2016, 11:24:48 PM »
It was wonderful. The Liturgy was like being invited into a mystery, and being completely accepted, as of course I didn't really know what I was about during it, but it really didn't matter, and I've rarely been in an unfamiliar church setting yet still felt accepted. I learned so much, particularly about praying the agpeya. And everyone was so friendly and kind.

Huzzah! :)

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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2016, 05:51:03 PM »
Sounds great  :)

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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2016, 02:13:57 PM »
So in around a week and a half I shall be enjoying an Orthodox retreat, including my second experience of the Liturgy. I.am. ridiculously. Excited. Not least because my husband is, if not enthusiastic, quite interested in the whole idea. This is all the more helpful and encouraging because the weekend could have been a source of great friction as my eldest daughter has elected to be baptised in his church on the Sunday. I would have liked to have been there, of course, but the retreat has been booked for a good long while now, and the baptism decision came very recently. Anyway, like I say, could have been a difficulty, but it's not and he is insisting I go to the retreat because he knows how important it is to me.

Things have been much, much better recently, still a few snide comments, but we have actually had some positive conversations, and he was actually defending the communion of the Saints the other day. Just thought I'd update you all. Please do pray for us, as you are minded to.
Where was this? Essex?

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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2016, 02:34:19 PM »
So in around a week and a half I shall be enjoying an Orthodox retreat, including my second experience of the Liturgy. I.am. ridiculously. Excited. Not least because my husband is, if not enthusiastic, quite interested in the whole idea. This is all the more helpful and encouraging because the weekend could have been a source of great friction as my eldest daughter has elected to be baptised in his church on the Sunday. I would have liked to have been there, of course, but the retreat has been booked for a good long while now, and the baptism decision came very recently. Anyway, like I say, could have been a difficulty, but it's not and he is insisting I go to the retreat because he knows how important it is to me.

Things have been much, much better recently, still a few snide comments, but we have actually had some positive conversations, and he was actually defending the communion of the Saints the other day. Just thought I'd update you all. Please do pray for us, as you are minded to.
Where was this? Essex?

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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2016, 11:54:51 PM »
It was wonderful. The Liturgy was like being invited into a mystery, and being completely accepted, as of course I didn't really know what I was about during it, but it really didn't matter, and I've rarely been in an unfamiliar church setting yet still felt accepted. I learned so much, particularly about praying the agpeya. And everyone was so friendly and kind.

Was this an Oriental Orthodox retreat or do Eastern Orthodox also pray the Agpeya?

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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2016, 07:05:54 AM »
It was wonderful. The Liturgy was like being invited into a mystery, and being completely accepted, as of course I didn't really know what I was about during it, but it really didn't matter, and I've rarely been in an unfamiliar church setting yet still felt accepted. I learned so much, particularly about praying the agpeya. And everyone was so friendly and kind.

Was this an Oriental Orthodox retreat or do Eastern Orthodox also pray the Agpeya?

Everyone there was part of the Coptic Orthodox church.
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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2016, 01:01:35 AM »
Eruvande,
I joined this board just to tell you that I used to read your blog (recognized your photo :). My son and I became catechumens this past Sunday so you aren't journeying alone; you and your family are in my prayers.

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Re: A brief update.
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2016, 03:36:11 AM »
Oh my good gracious. That is wonderful, many blessings to you on your journey, and thank you for your prayers :)
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