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Offline ComingofAge

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Becoming a Catechumen
« on: May 25, 2016, 11:16:56 PM »
So I have been talking with my priest and hanging out with him one on one now and it is very wonderful taking direction from him and relishing in his fellowship. I have been attending my parish for 3 months now and my priest and I have now begun talks about me becoming a catechumen. We have mutually decided that Pentecost would be a good time for me to take that first step. I am excited about beginning the process of becoming Orthodox.

I have had the pleasure of experiencing my first Great Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Pascha within an Orthodox church and wow...what can I say? It was nothing short of amazing. Some of the services during Holy Week brought me to tears and also made me feel a connection to the Lord like I have never felt before.

My question is...(and I'm sure it has been asked here before) are there any suggestions that any of you may have for a newbie? So far I am volunteering as much as I can around the parish, meeting with other members of the church, talking to my priest on a regular basis and trying to live a holy life. What else should one be doing in these early stages? Maybe nothing at all....maybe something more...I'm sure there is not necessarily one right answer, but I just wanted to get your take on it... from those who have been Orthodox for awhile. Thank you very much for any and all replies.

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Re: Becoming a Catechumen
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 12:24:39 AM »
Congratulations for this new stage in your life. As I was just saying in another topic, I think I would have had a less disturbed catechumenate if I had prayed more. Talk to your priest about what prayers you can say daily as a beginner, if you haven't talked about that yet. Ask God for guidance and he'll help you.
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Re: Becoming a Catechumen
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 02:02:39 AM »
Lord have mercy.

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Re: Becoming a Catechumen
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 03:22:43 PM »
So far I am volunteering as much as I can around the parish, meeting with other members of the church, talking to my priest on a regular basis and trying to live a holy life. What else should one be doing in these early stages? Maybe nothing at all....maybe something more...I'm sure there is not necessarily one right answer, but I just wanted to get your take on it...
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Re: Becoming a Catechumen
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 03:47:33 PM »
Welcome to home brother! May our Triune God bless you! It is so touching that there are so passionate believers that convert to our faith. Just study theology and pray for start.
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Re: Becoming a Catechumen
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 04:45:40 PM »
Pray.

Read the Gospels every day.

Take your time.

Volunteering to help around the parish is nice, but don't burn yourself out.

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Re: Becoming a Catechumen
« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 05:41:28 PM »
Being a catechumen implies that you are studying, in addition to praying, reading the Bible, and participating in divine services. Since you did not bring it up, please allow me to recommend some sources and books. (Of course, please overlook this advice if you have already started on a course of study about Holy Orthodoxy).

1. If your church has a formal curriculum, please follow it.

2. If not, I recommend you scour the Antiochian Archdiocesan Internet site as it is full of great articles and links.

3. Books by Frs. Thomas Hopko and Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory. Start with the more accessible ones (your church bookstore should have most popular titles).

May the Holy Spirit guide your studies.