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Glory to God!
« on: April 16, 2011, 10:28:15 AM »
I just made my first confession in the Orthodox Church. I received the name of Nikolai, having chosen, with the guidance of my priest, St. Nicholas, to whom our parish is dedicated, and who is already the patron saint of our family. I then read the Creed, and renounced my former Roman Catholic beliefs.

Tomorrow morning, I will take Communion.

This whole experience of this inquiry, this Great Lent, and now especially this weekend has been powerful and humbling, and I thank all of you for your help and support along the way. Pray for me tomorrow!

In Christ,
Jim
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011, 10:29:07 AM »
Lord have mercy!

Glory to God!

MANY YEARS!  :laugh:
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2011, 10:33:38 AM »
Many years!

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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2011, 10:47:08 AM »
Congrats  ;D and welcome home!

May God grant you Many Many Many Years!
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2011, 11:16:52 AM »
Glory to God!!

MANY YEARS!!
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2011, 11:19:14 AM »
From one Nikolai to another - Many Years!

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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2011, 01:30:13 PM »
I just made my first confession in the Orthodox Church. I received the name of Nikolai, having chosen, with the guidance of my priest, St. Nicholas, to whom our parish is dedicated, and who is already the patron saint of our family. I then read the Creed, and renounced my former Roman Catholic beliefs.

Tomorrow morning, I will take Communion.

This whole experience of this inquiry, this Great Lent, and now especially this weekend has been powerful and humbling, and I thank all of you for your help and support along the way. Pray for me tomorrow!

In Christ,
Jim

Many years!  Time to take that "Catechumen" bit out of your profile!
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2011, 01:45:26 PM »
Many years!
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2011, 01:54:02 PM »
Many years, friend.  I'm a few hours behind, but through God's grace, I will be joining you in His Church.

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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2011, 02:19:53 PM »
I just made my first confession in the Orthodox Church. I received the name of Nikolai, having chosen, with the guidance of my priest, St. Nicholas, to whom our parish is dedicated, and who is already the patron saint of our family. I then read the Creed, and renounced my former Roman Catholic beliefs.

Tomorrow morning, I will take Communion.

This whole experience of this inquiry, this Great Lent, and now especially this weekend has been powerful and humbling, and I thank all of you for your help and support along the way. Pray for me tomorrow!

In Christ,
Jim

Many years!  Time to take that "Catechumen" bit out of your profile!
Oh yeah, forgot about that!
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2011, 02:27:08 PM »
Many years!   :angel:
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2011, 03:08:24 PM »
Many years, welcome home!
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2011, 03:09:39 PM »
Glory to God!!

Many Years!!

Congratulations!!!   ;D

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« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2011, 03:20:17 PM »
Many years
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« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2011, 03:41:11 PM »
Glory to God!

May God grant you many years and welcome home!

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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2011, 04:30:04 PM »
Glory to God! Many years!
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2011, 04:55:31 PM »
Glory to God! Welcome home, brother Nikolai! :)

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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2011, 04:58:46 PM »
Prayers.....

Congratulation,God Grant you Many Years ,Good Health ....Axios ,Dostojan ,Worthy.....


Question....If some one is Baptized ,there is no confession ,baptism washes away all sin's, but chrismation doesn't wash the sins away so one has to confess.......hum

Wouldn't baptism be the better route the Orthodox Church Should chose for All converts to take, so they really can have a new beginning , a fresh start from sins long foregotten and sins yet remembered and not confessed, all being washed away at baptised........
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ГОСПОДЕ ГОСПОДЕ ,ПОГЛЕДАЈ СА НЕБА ,ДОЂИ И ПОСЕТИ ТВОЈ ВИНОГРАД ТВОЈА ДЕСНИЦА ПОСАДИЛА АМИН АМИН.

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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2011, 06:00:23 PM »
great news, nikolai!
cognomen, keep us posted, we want to see both your posts after tomorrow  :)

about baptism - we chrismate some people as a way of recognising that they had a valid Christian baptism. i think it's good. to discuss it adequately would take a PhD study!
anyway, those who are 'only' chrismated experience a wonderful depth of God's love.
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2011, 09:11:20 PM »
Many years.
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2011, 09:25:13 PM »
Congrats Nikolai!  Many years! :) It is truly humbling to be a part of a church, that can trace its origins to the Apostles.  Then kneeling, as the priest chrismates you.. and reading the Nicene Creed, all truly beautiful.
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2011, 09:50:33 PM »
cognomen, keep us posted, we want to see both your posts after tomorrow  :)

I was baptized, chrismated, and received into the Church as part of a wonderful ceremony this afternoon.  God willing, I will receive communion tomorrow, along with my newly illumined brothers and sisters (including Nicolai, Agabus, and perhaps others from this forum).  What a remarkable journey thus far.

Nicolai, please forgive me for including my update on your thread, but I stood no chance of creating a better title than yours.
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2011, 09:53:26 PM »
Cognomen -- MANY YEARS!

Glory to God, this is amazing!  :D
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2011, 09:54:14 PM »
Many Years! To both of you!
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2011, 10:44:51 PM »
cognomen, keep us posted, we want to see both your posts after tomorrow  :)

I was baptized, chrismated, and received into the Church as part of a wonderful ceremony this afternoon.  God willing, I will receive communion tomorrow, along with my newly illumined brothers and sisters (including Nicolai, Agabus, and perhaps others from this forum).  What a remarkable journey thus far.

Nicolai, please forgive me for including my update on your thread, but I stood no chance of creating a better title than yours.

Congratulations to Cognomen and Many Years!! 

Glory to God!!

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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2011, 01:32:15 AM »
cognomen, keep us posted, we want to see both your posts after tomorrow  :)

I was baptized, chrismated, and received into the Church as part of a wonderful ceremony this afternoon.  God willing, I will receive communion tomorrow, along with my newly illumined brothers and sisters (including Nicolai, Agabus, and perhaps others from this forum).  What a remarkable journey thus far.

Nicolai, please forgive me for including my update on your thread, but I stood no chance of creating a better title than yours.

Many Years!

Happy to share the thread! The more the merrier!
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2011, 05:12:35 AM »
Just returned home from Palm Sunday Liturgy. Our whole family, my wife, son, daughter and I all received Communion together, for the very first time. What a wonderful, blessed moment!

I do feel at home.
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2011, 06:42:04 AM »
Glory to God!

Many years to both of you.
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2011, 07:21:08 AM »
yea!
so exciting!
what a beautiful palm sunday to read this news.
as we say in our church:
alf mabrook cognomen!
alf mabrook nikolai!
this is arabic for 'a thousand congratulations' and expresses what i am feeling for both of you  :)
nikolai, so great to receive Holy Communion with all your family, that's truly wonderful.

now you all need to keep up the faith and keep going through the doubts and troubles, as the enemy will be annoyed with you - just don't take too much notice of the negative reactions, just praise God and thank Him for every situation, about every situation and in every situation.

glory to God!  :D

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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2011, 02:30:40 PM »
Just returned home from Palm Sunday Liturgy. Our whole family, my wife, son, daughter and I all received Communion together, for the very first time. What a wonderful, blessed moment!

I do feel at home.

That's wonderful.   :angel:
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Re: Glory to God!
« Reply #30 on: April 17, 2011, 03:03:33 PM »
Many years, Cognomen!! 

Jim - it's been truly beautiful to watch you from your first post until today - Thanks be to God!!
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« Reply #31 on: April 18, 2011, 04:38:17 AM »
Many Years!

I can only imagine your joy communing with your family.

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« Reply #32 on: April 18, 2011, 09:40:28 AM »
God grant you many, many years, brother Nicholas!
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« Reply #33 on: April 18, 2011, 09:46:01 AM »
Many years!
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« Reply #34 on: April 18, 2011, 10:51:43 AM »
Glory to God! Many years!

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« Reply #35 on: April 18, 2011, 12:17:34 PM »
Many years, Nikolai!
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