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Newly Illumined!
« on: January 08, 2011, 11:41:30 PM »
On the Feast of Theophany I was received into the Church through baptism and chrismation.  I was a catechumen for a year.  Before then I was variably a Buddhist, Vedantin, Taoist, atheist, or agnostic, constantly switching back and forth between them and seeking after Truth. It has been a long and difficult road, with much struggle and questioning, but I finally know that I am Home.

I am now Servant of God Paul.

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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2011, 11:42:25 PM »
Congratulations! Many years!  :angel:
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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2011, 11:50:07 PM »
Congratulations! Many Years!


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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2011, 11:57:53 PM »
Many years!

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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011, 12:01:16 AM »
Many years!
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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2011, 12:09:32 AM »
Many Years!
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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2011, 02:18:52 AM »
Many years, Paul!

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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2011, 02:42:01 AM »
Many Years!!

Congratulations!   :)

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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2011, 08:20:13 AM »
Congrats! Many years!
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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2011, 09:03:49 AM »
Many years!
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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2011, 11:43:30 AM »
Welcome Home!  Many Years, Paul!

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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2011, 01:25:50 PM »
On the Feast of Theophany I was received into the Church through baptism and chrismation.  I was a catechumen for a year.  Before then I was variably a Buddhist, Vedantin, Taoist, atheist, or agnostic, constantly switching back and forth between them and seeking after Truth. It has been a long and difficult road, with much struggle and questioning, but I finally know that I am Home.

I am now Servant of God Paul.



Congratulations! Many years!
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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2011, 04:49:52 PM »
wonderful!!  Many years to you.

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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2011, 05:13:00 PM »
Congratulation Pavle,,,Dostojan, Worthy, Axios...
Glory To God , May The Blessed Lord Grant You Many years, and Many Summers.....
ГОСПОДЕ ГОСПОДЕ ,ПОГЛЕДАЈ СА НЕБА ,ДОЂИ И ПОСЕТИ ТВОЈ ВИНОГРАД ТВОЈА ДЕСНИЦА ПОСАДИЛА АМИН АМИН.

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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2011, 05:34:55 PM »
alf mabrook!

this is the traditional response to this news (in arabic) from my church,
it literally means 'a thousand congratulations'!
egyptians like to be very generous with greetings  ;)

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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2011, 06:12:15 PM »
Welcome home, Paul! Many years!
But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2011, 09:28:34 AM »
Many years!
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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2011, 10:01:45 AM »
Baptized on Theophany. How beautiful! God grant you many years!
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Re: Newly Illumined!
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2011, 10:30:27 AM »

Many Years!

Congratulations, and welcome home!
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