So, I've gotten a lot of feedback from here, from a friend, and from a priest in the US, all somewhat varying, and there are still a few points that just aren't sitting right with me about this:
I understand that trinitarian baptism, regardless of context, is baptism, or at the very least the argument behind this idea. What is still stumping me is how asserting that RC confirmation (which, from what I understand, is distinct in it's content from Chrismation in a few ways, and at the end is symbolizing ones full entry into the Roman Catholic Church, specifically) is just as valid as Chrismation is not, in effect, putting the RC church on the same sacramental level with the EO church? Further, after my reception into the church, we are planning to have a ceremony formally blessing our marriage, which was done in a RC church. How does it follow that Chrismation would not have to be redone, but Matrimony would?
The second piece of trouble I'm having may be vanity, or pride at work. The lack of any actual, separate ceremony/rite of initiation in to the church is bugging me, both because it makes me confused as to when and how I am actually entering Orthodoxy, and because it seems almost anti-climactic to me for a moment that should be, in essence, among the most important of my life, if not THE most. I'm not suggesting a lot of pomp and circumstance, but just attending a liturgy and reading the creed seems...not what I imagined, anyhow, but this is not about my will!
Finally, I'm just concerned that with some of the jurisdictional issues back in the US, in contrast to the prevalence of the ROC here, I could encounter churches that would outright reject my being truly Orthodox, based on the way this is being carried out. Is this a valid concern?
Why does it not surprise me that as Lent begins to hit the home stretch, and as my entrance into the church nears, confusion from external and internal sources gets louder and louder? Are these those purple demons?