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Wonderful!
« on: March 10, 2011, 04:23:47 PM »
My mother is going to be baptized! Glory to Jesus Christ!

Her name is Margarite (baptismal name not sure yet). She will be baptized before Pascha, although a date has not yet been established, and five other adults will be baptized with her.

This is very exciting for me, and even a little strange. It's a big leap for my mom, because she has never been a believing Christian in her life. She grew up in an Episcopalian home, but no one actually believed in anything: being a "Christian" was simply considered part of being a good citizen, or whatever. As a result, she's spent her whole life as a spiritual wanderer. Coming to faith in Christ's Resurrection was not easy, and her conversion has been a very gradual and complex process. It is my hope that after her baptism, the Spirit will continue to guide her and enlighten her, just as He did to me, who also grew up in an environment of great religious uncertainty.

Glory be to God, and may my mother be preserved in the Orthodox Christian faith!

Thank you in advance,
Rufus

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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 04:25:49 PM »
Many years!

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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 04:36:21 PM »
Glory to Jesus Christ!

Her name is Margarite (baptismal name not sure yet).

If I remember correctly, Margerite is the French variant of Margaret, which is ultimately of Greek origin. Allow me to suggest the Holy Greatmartyr Margaret of Antioch in Pisidia (also called "Marina").  :angel:
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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 05:01:44 PM »
Glory to Jesus Christ!

Her name is Margarite (baptismal name not sure yet).

If I remember correctly, Margerite is the French variant of Margaret, which is ultimately of Greek origin. Allow me to suggest the Holy Greatmartyr Margaret of Antioch in Pisidia (also called "Marina").  :angel:

Thank you! I have already let her know that there's a Saint Margaret, but I did not know this was the same person as Marina. I don't know if she will keep the same name.

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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 05:07:54 PM »

Great to hear!

Many years!
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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2011, 05:11:41 PM »
Glory to Jesus Christ!

Her name is Margarite (baptismal name not sure yet).

If I remember correctly, Margerite is the French variant of Margaret, which is ultimately of Greek origin. Allow me to suggest the Holy Greatmartyr Margaret of Antioch in Pisidia (also called "Marina").  :angel:

Thank you! I have already let her know that there's a Saint Margaret, but I did not know this was the same person as Marina. I don't know if she will keep the same name.

You're welcome! I'm a bit of an amateur onomastician, so I enjoy tracking such things down...especially Christian names! *nerd*

No problem if she takes a different patron, may she be led to the saint who has been praying for her salvation. I'm sure St. Margaret wouldn't mind. ;)

And she could always develop a devotion to St. Margaret, as well! I have two Christian names (first and middle name), so I took one saint as my official patron, but I have a strong devotion to the other. I also know some Orthodox who name their children after two saints (first and middle name). I think it's a beautiful thing!
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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2011, 02:51:27 AM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2011, 02:08:20 PM »
Lord have Mercy.

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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2011, 01:31:37 PM »
My mother was baptized yestrday, taking the name Marina.

Thank you, Benjamin, for the supplementary research!

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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2011, 02:47:01 PM »
Many Years!  Congratulations!

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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2011, 04:38:35 PM »
How wonderful! Many years indeed!
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Re: Wonderful!
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2011, 01:24:10 AM »
Prayers.......

Lord Bless and Have Mercy.....Amen Amen

Great New's , And Congratulation's to All .....

Lord Grant Margarite and the Other's,  Many Year's and Many Summer's
on their coming Baptisms....Axios , Dostojni, Worthy......Amen Amen
ГОСПОДЕ ГОСПОДЕ ,ПОГЛЕДАЈ СА НЕБА ,ДОЂИ И ПОСЕТИ ТВОЈ ВИНОГРАД ТВОЈА ДЕСНИЦА ПОСАДИЛА АМИН АМИН.