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I was Chrismated yesterday
« on: April 15, 2012, 02:36:56 AM »
After making my life confession on Friday, I was chrismated yesterday, Holy Saturday. Thank you to all who have replied to my questions and provided help of one kind or another.

So I am now Orthodox! I hope you will pray for me. I hardly expected it to be smooth sailing all of a sudden, but I was surprised how quickly afterwards I fell into cursing other road users when I was driving. Despite my own bad habits. :( There is still much work to be done. At least I got that habitual sin into my life confession...

Nonetheless I am filled with joy. I have been searching for I-knew-not-what for fifteen years. Now I have found it and the real work begins.

Next up: Pascha!
Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012, 02:39:47 AM »
Many years!  :angel:

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2012, 05:07:24 AM »
Many years!  Glory to God!

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2012, 05:12:10 AM »
Many years! I was chrismated on this same day, so I'm glad we're able to welcome each other into the Faith!
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2012, 05:23:16 AM »
Yay, a New European Orthodox Christian! Many Years! Christ is risen!
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2012, 05:39:18 AM »
welcome to the peace, the love, the beauty and the struggle of the orthodox Christian life.
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2012, 06:17:55 AM »
welcome to the peace, the love, the beauty and the struggle of the orthodox Christian life.
 :)

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2012, 06:20:00 AM »
 :D
 ;D
sometimes they surely help us to love our 'enemies'!

but seriously, we should all give a good example by respecting others who do not share our opinion.
 :)

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2012, 06:55:37 AM »
Many years!
Thank you.

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2012, 07:46:55 AM »
Many years!
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2012, 09:27:15 AM »
Thanks everyone. And Many Years to you, Tgebar.

So... any suggestions for what I should do next? I asked my confessor and he pretty much said, "the rest of your new life" which is great but I was thinking more along the lines of some good reading suggestions or something.

On another note I have just had my first post-fast bacon sandwich. Mmm...
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2012, 11:25:59 AM »
Nice.

I wonder whether there  are any catechumens of this forum left I can think about during the litany for them.
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2012, 11:49:24 AM »
Many years! We were too! :)
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2012, 12:51:10 PM »
Nice.

I wonder whether there  are any catechumens of this forum left I can think about during the litany for them.

There's me. I'm still looking for a chrismation sponsor.  :)

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2012, 01:03:57 PM »
many years!

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2012, 01:48:53 PM »
hi brass monkey  :)
reading suggestions:
the Holy Bible - read a little every day. even when u have read it 10 or 20 times, there will be still things to learn.
my favourite is the orthodox study Bible, well, well worth the investment. the study notes answer all the basic questions. (for the hard questions ask yr priest / deacons).
the orthodox way by metropolitan kallistos ware ('timothy ware') is good, as is anything by saint athanasius (eg. the life of saint anthony and the letter about the psalms)
this link seems to not have the whole letter on the psalms, but it's in modern english:
http://orthodoxpathway.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/athanasius-on-praying-psalms.html
here there is a fuller version in old english:
http://www.athanasius.com/psalms/aletterm.htm

also pray from yr church's prayer book every day.
one u start to get used to all the prayers, then memorise them so u can easily pray wherever u have a few minutes (travelling (but not driving!), waiting for the photocopier to warm up etc. etc.)
persist in prayer and doing good to those around u and God will give u peace and joy.
 :)

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2012, 02:22:16 PM »
Many years!
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2012, 03:06:09 PM »
Nice.

I wonder whether there  are any catechumens of this forum left I can think about during the litany for them.

Also me...!

Many years to Brass monkey, militantsparrow and Tgebar.
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2012, 04:21:04 PM »
Many Years to you all, militantsparrow!
Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2012, 07:14:39 PM »
Christ is Risen!

Gid grant you many years!
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2012, 07:41:16 PM »
Thanks everyone. And Many Years to you, Tgebar.

So... any suggestions for what I should do next? I asked my confessor and he pretty much said, "the rest of your new life" which is great but I was thinking more along the lines of some good reading suggestions or something.

On another note I have just had my first post-fast bacon sandwich. Mmm...

Oh, yeah. That burger at lunch today really was new and different.  :) Mmmm!

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2012, 07:58:19 PM »
Congrats! Many years!
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2012, 02:16:41 PM »
Thanks mabsoota, I'll take your suggestions on board. I already have The Way of a Pilgrim on my list but it's always good to have some more ideas.
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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2012, 02:20:06 PM »
Congratulations!

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2012, 04:31:29 PM »
Thanks mabsoota, I'll take your suggestions on board. I already have The Way of a Pilgrim on my list but it's always good to have some more ideas.

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2012, 05:52:42 PM »
Christ is risen!

Congratulations and may God grant you many years!  I recommend these books for your library:

By Father Alexander Schmemann: Great Lent: Journey to Pascha (1969); For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy (1970); Of Water and the Spirit: A Liturgical Study of Baptism (1974); other writings at http://www.schmemann.org/byhim/index.html

Ladder of Divine Ascent, by St. John Climacus

Writings by Evagrius Ponticus, especially the eight deadly thoughts or temptations at http://www.ldysinger.com/Evagrius/01_Prak/00a_start.htm

Orthodox Church and Orthodox Way by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware)

Maximus the Confessor: Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality), edited by George C. Berthold

I have other suggestions but have run out of time for today.

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2012, 06:04:23 PM »
i started the way of the pilgrim. i am finding it a bit heavy and i have been orthodox 3 years!
i think if i understood the russian orthodox tradition better, it would be easier, but i am not well acquainted with this; having only been to one russian service.

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2012, 02:59:54 AM »
i started the way of the pilgrim. i am finding it a bit heavy and i have been orthodox 3 years!
i think if i understood the russian orthodox tradition better, it would be easier, but i am not well acquainted with this; having only been to one russian service.

i'm curious to know heavy in what way?

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #28 on: April 18, 2012, 03:26:44 AM »
i guess i don't understand why he keeps wandering from one place to another.
also he seems quite sad.
were there so few places where he could get to know God?
maybe it was written in the old days when there weren't many Christians?
i'll pick it up again, maybe it will explain towards the end.

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Re: I was Chrismated yesterday
« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2012, 12:17:22 AM »
Congratulations!, and Many years to Tgebar, militantsparrow and Brass monkey.


Nice.

I wonder whether there  are any catechumens of this forum left I can think about during the litany for them.

Not worry Michal, when I finally become a catechumen I'll let you know and you can think of me. ;D
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