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« on: November 21, 2010, 01:02:50 AM »

Hello, all!

I have been studying as much as I can on the Orthodox faith for some time. Reading articles, watching videos, ordering books... I was wondering if someone could help me out a bit. If I were to seek to become a convert, what should I expect in the learning period?

Thank you for any help  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2010, 01:30:42 AM »



I believe it varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and parish to parish.

As I am a cradle Orthodox I can't really say, and will leave the answering to those who have been through it.

...but, I just wanted to welcome you to the forum (...and to Orthodoxy!)

Welcome!

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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2010, 01:37:39 AM »

I'm coming up on my first Chrismation anniversary this week, so my catechism process is still quite fresh in my mind.  Basically we met once a week and worked through a wonderful book called "The Mystery of Faith" by Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev, using it as a way to communicate the basics of Orthodoxy as well as a jumping-off point for other topics our priest wanted to cover.  It was very informal, conversational and paced to the needs of the inquirers.  I think it ended up being around 9 months of this before we were actually chrismated.  But it went by very fast!

I'm sure it's different from place to place, but I'd imagine this to be fairly typical.  We'd throw on a pot of tea, cover what needed to be covered and had some great conversations.  I encourage you to embark on this journey!
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2010, 07:22:41 AM »

Hello, all!

I have been studying as much as I can on the Orthodox faith for some time. Reading articles, watching videos, ordering books... I was wondering if someone could help me out a bit. If I were to seek to become a convert, what should I expect in the learning period?

Thank you for any help  Grin

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Peacenprayer,

First - welcome to the Forum!  I am currently a catechumen looking forward to my Chrismation in a month, so I am still going through the process.  Other than regularly attending an inquirer's class, you will want to attend as many liturgies/services as you can.  I found out that books are great for learning the what's and the why's of the faith, but Orthodoxy is truly a 'living' faith which can only really be appreciated in the context of shared communal worship.  My parish is becoming a family to me, and since it is rather small, I am discovering just how much people rely on each other here.

My best advice (if you haven't done so already) is to seek out a parish close to you, contact the priest, maybe set up a meeting with him to discuss what is required for potential converts in that jurisdiction, and start attending divine liturgies.

May God bless you and guide your steps!

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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2010, 11:00:49 AM »

Welcome!

It would different from place to place and person to person:when I did it, the priest asertained how much I had learned from books, how much fine tuning was needed, and of course attendance at the Divine Liturgy.
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2010, 01:41:21 PM »

Thank you all very much! Grin It's good to have a general idea of what to expect. This would be something entirely new to me, so I'm a little nervous to move forward.
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2010, 01:45:48 PM »

Thank you all very much! Grin It's good to have a general idea of what to expect. This would be something entirely new to me, so I'm a little nervous to move forward.

Welcome, Peacenprayer. Are you currently visiting an Orthodox parish? When you do, just let the priest know that you are inquiring, and he will probably give you better advice than we can.
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2010, 04:29:58 PM »

Thank you all very much! Grin It's good to have a general idea of what to expect. This would be something entirely new to me, so I'm a little nervous to move forward.

Move forward with boldness, but don't be in a hurry!
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2010, 11:22:07 AM »

Move forward with boldness, but don't be in a hurry!

Agreed. We've had people who have attended our church for years before being chrismated. We referred to them affectionately as "the oldest living catechumens."
It took me almost a year.
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