A quick summary of my background:
I am 15, my family stopped attending church starting with my grandfather(I am Greek by heritage). Around 10/11 I became deeply interested in my roots, which expanded to history, which expanded to religion by 12/13.
My mother is agnostic and my parents are divorced
. I was baptized Methodist, my father is remarried, and my mother is remarrying soon. My stepmother was raised Methodist, and at my father's side of the family it was always a "it doesn't matter what church you go to, so long as you're Christian" kind of thing. I started pushing to go to the Greek church at 11, just because it was our culture, then at 13 I really began studying the history and beliefs of the church, pushing me to Orthodoxy. I would tell my parents about Orthodoxy and the history of the church, which prompted them to study. We tried out the three Greek churches in our area, settling on one that we adored.
After a year(I think it was in May of this year), my stepmom, my half-sister, and I were chrismated. My faith weakened at several points before and after chrismation, but in early July I had the
most influential day of my life, and I haven't doubted my faith in any major way since.
Now to my question:
This Saturday I will be going to St Anthony's Monastery and I'm not very learned in the ways of protocol for meeting monks, clergy, etc. I'm terrified I'll run into the Elder Ephraim and not know what to do.
Although I've read some things online, I'm still afraid I'll mess up and not do something right. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Asking for your prayers,