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« on: March 06, 2011, 09:41:48 PM »

Today, I was a made Catechumen in the OCA.

Today when I was venerating the Cross, my Priest said you to me, in the last week you really have had a compressed week of Orthodoxy.

I won't expound too much on the moving and touching events of the last week.

But in a week, I witnessed my first Orthodox infant Baptism, Orthodox Funeral, becoming "officially" a catechumen, and the beginning of Lent with the Forgiveness Vespers.

Perhaps after the shutdown I will post a little more on the joys and sorrows, but I just wanted to post a few words.

Between being announced today and the participation of the Forgiveness Vespers, many in the parish whole-heartedly welcomed me.

Thanks to everyone here at OC.net for letting me twist and turn around here.

Please pray for me during this Lenten Season. My "official" catechumenate maybe a very short one.

 

 
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2011, 09:43:10 PM »

Why will it be a short one?

Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2011, 10:20:36 PM »

Congrats!
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2011, 10:27:24 PM »

Exciting news, Orthonorm, and congrats!  Here's to possibly 'enlisting' around the same time.
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2011, 10:34:08 PM »

RE: Aposphet

The reasons would be boring and not of much interest to many who don't know me or the parish I go to, I don't think, and probably not relevant for many folks' experience.

My request for prayer, pretty much follows stuff I've posted on here. I "know" Orthodoxy to be true. Thus my heartfelt desire to be within it and my "fear" of that truth.

The Gospel is scary stuff and in my pride I believe at times God's forgiveness is not great enough for me or I am undeserving or afraid to be honest about my heart. But through participating in the Liturgy, speaking with my Priest, speaking with Fr. Thomas Hopko and talking with other Orthodox folks, a lot of that pride has vanished, although enough remains.

It was felicitous or providential that today was the day I was made a Catechumen and probably not without pastoral consideration by my Priest.

I've spoken much here how the children in the parish have been a Godsend. Today, bowing to a four year old and asking for their forgiveness . . . And being kissed and warmly embraced and told joyfully that "God forgives" by that child who is "more Christian" than I, no matter how many books I've read or theological discussions I've had with Orthodox thirty times his age strikes right to my heart and lifts my vain thoughts and evil imaginations--more powerfully than I can put into words.

Very humbling. I only pray it is not mere sentimentality.

FWIW.



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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011, 03:30:59 AM »

Many years!
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011, 03:56:51 AM »

May you be counted worthy of illumination and run the good race!
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2011, 01:32:45 PM »

RE: Aposphet

The reasons would be boring and not of much interest to many who don't know me or the parish I go to, I don't think, and probably not relevant for many folks' experience.

My request for prayer, pretty much follows stuff I've posted on here. I "know" Orthodoxy to be true. Thus my heartfelt desire to be within it and my "fear" of that truth.

The Gospel is scary stuff and in my pride I believe at times God's forgiveness is not great enough for me or I am undeserving or afraid to be honest about my heart. But through participating in the Liturgy, speaking with my Priest, speaking with Fr. Thomas Hopko and talking with other Orthodox folks, a lot of that pride has vanished, although enough remains.

It was felicitous or providential that today was the day I was made a Catechumen and probably not without pastoral consideration by my Priest.

I've spoken much here how the children in the parish have been a Godsend. Today, bowing to a four year old and asking for their forgiveness . . . And being kissed and warmly embraced and told joyfully that "God forgives" by that child who is "more Christian" than I, no matter how many books I've read or theological discussions I've had with Orthodox thirty times his age strikes right to my heart and lifts my vain thoughts and evil imaginations--more powerfully than I can put into words.

Very humbling. I only pray it is not mere sentimentality.

FWIW.




This is absolutely beautiful... Congratulations, and may God be with you delve deep into your relationship with him.
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011, 03:58:10 PM »

welcome, we are watching this space  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011, 04:16:16 PM »

Today, bowing to a four year old and asking for their forgiveness . . . And being kissed and warmly embraced and told joyfully that "God forgives" by that child who is "more Christian" than I, no matter how many books I've read or theological discussions I've had with Orthodox thirty times his age strikes right to my heart and lifts my vain thoughts and evil imaginations--more powerfully than I can put into words.

Very humbling. I only pray it is not mere sentimentality.

FWIW.


Yes, the same thing occurred to me as I was being forgiven and hugged by two little ones on Sunday, as in being like little children and entering the Kingdom of Heaven.
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2011, 07:24:31 PM »

Congratulations! Very moving and impressive. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2011, 08:00:03 PM »

I've spoken much here how the children in the parish have been a Godsend. Today, bowing to a four year old and asking for their forgiveness . . . And being kissed and warmly embraced and told joyfully that "God forgives" by that child who is "more Christian" than I, no matter how many books I've read or theological discussions I've had with Orthodox thirty times his age strikes right to my heart and lifts my vain thoughts and evil imaginations--more powerfully than I can put into words.



Very moving indeed. Children can pierce the pride of anyone. Glory be to God!
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