Find easy ways to educate your wife about some of the different things she will encounter in the Orthodox Church.
Find all the things that are somewhat similar about the Orthodox Church and your old Anglican church. Memorize them so that you can occasionally point out similarities.
Investigate the areas of Orthodoxy that you suspect your wife will disagree or feel uncomfortable . Memorize why the Orthodox Church believes in these “beliefs or practices” and occasionally find a way to insert this knowledge into conversations.Read all you can about an Orthodox prayer life and talk to a priest if possible. Purchase a book of Orthodox prayers or PM me and I will send you one. Begin saying morning prayers, midday prayers, evening prayers, and prayers before and after meals. Ask your wife every morning, night, and mealtime if she wants to pray with you. Ask kindly and don't push. Also remember to pray silently for your wife (and your family).
Pick up Orthodox pamphlets that are quick to read and “accidently” leave them sitting on the dining room table when she will be home alone. On other occasions, “accidently” leave them in the bathroom. (Conciliar press has them, but they might only come in bulk. If you can’t find these, PM me and I’ll send you some from my church.) Leave your Orthodox books sitting out and in the bathroom when you know that she will be home alone.
Sign up and pay the miniscule fee to the various Archdiocese newspapers. These newspapers will arrive monthly. “Accidently” leave them sitting around the house.
Get a tape of beautiful Orthodox hymns and leave it in the CD player. Selecting one with familiar chords would be the best choice at first. There are lovely ones recorded by the seminary choirs in the US.
Put a tiny icon of Christ or a Saint in your car. Velcro it near the air conditioner. Explain that driving is “dangerous, crazy, or whatever” and you appreciate any extra “help”.
Start immediately associating gift giving with St. Nicholas instead of Santa Claus. Tell your family the story of generous St. Nicholas.http://www.roca.org/OA/5/5m.htm
When your wife agrees to visit an Orthodox Church, go to one that is “known” to be very friendly. Talk to the priest in advance so that he will know to locate you at coffee hour. Introduce yourself at coffee hour and don't wait for parishioners to come to you. They may be older (forgetful...like me
) and worried that they have already introduced themselves to you 10 times. If some don't speak English, just smile and they will smile back (an international language).