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Now i am a catechumen!
« on: August 31, 2012, 02:49:15 PM »
Hello all. :)

I am so happy as i began catechumenate classes with three other norwegians in the russian orthodox parish i attend.
It is quite unusual as there are not too many fellow countrymen/women that do convert nowadays.

It was so nice and have got an extensive lists of book to read, some food for thoughts and some good advices from the
priest regarding a solid prayerlife. It all was concluded by Vespers and preparational prayers to communion.

Excited, overwhelmed and so happy. Blessings to you all.
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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2012, 03:09:47 PM »
Wonderful news! May the Lord continue to guide you on your journey to the Church.

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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2012, 03:16:19 PM »
Tillykke  :)

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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2012, 05:02:11 PM »
many years!
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2012, 05:09:26 PM »
Nice.
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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2012, 05:59:22 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2012, 06:09:54 PM »
YAY!!! Congratulations on this new phase of your journey!!  ;D
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2012, 06:22:29 PM »
Glory to God and congratulations to you!
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2012, 08:43:49 PM »
Congratulations from a fellow catechumen!  I sure God will bless you as he's blessed me over these past few months.

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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2012, 11:25:27 PM »
Congratulations, Glory to God.  :)
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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2012, 11:55:36 PM »
Congratulations tommelomsky and many years! :)
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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2012, 12:51:48 PM »
As a gift, I would like to offer you a link to this "manual" for Orthodox spirituality, the end chapter being Theosis/Deification :): http://orthodoxwayoflife.blogspot.ro/2010/07/orthodox-spirituality-by-fr-dimitru.html

or PDF: http://www.stgeorgegreenville.org/OurFaith/Orthodox%20Spirituality/Orthodox%20Spirituality%20-%20Commentary.pdf

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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2012, 07:44:08 PM »
Hello all. :)

I am so happy as i began catechumenate classes with three other norwegians in the russian orthodox parish i attend.
It is quite unusual as there are not too many fellow countrymen/women that do convert nowadays.

It was so nice and have got an extensive lists of book to read, some food for thoughts and some good advices from the
priest regarding a solid prayerlife. It all was concluded by Vespers and preparational prayers to communion.

Excited, overwhelmed and so happy. Blessings to you all.

I have met quite a few Norwegians and Swedes who are Orthodox Christians here in the USA.

God grant you many years.
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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2012, 08:59:28 PM »
Congrats, Tomm! I know you've had a hard time with the whole conversion process so I'm glad you're in a good place now.
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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2012, 10:25:28 PM »
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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2012, 02:04:58 PM »
As a gift, I would like to offer you a link to this "manual" for Orthodox spirituality, the end chapter being Theosis/Deification :): http://orthodoxwayoflife.blogspot.ro/2010/07/orthodox-spirituality-by-fr-dimitru.html

or PDF: http://www.stgeorgegreenville.org/OurFaith/Orthodox%20Spirituality/Orthodox%20Spirituality%20-%20Commentary.pdf

Thank you so much for the gift, it looks really great and i got some fine reading to do. :)
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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2012, 02:07:18 PM »
I would like to thank you all for the kind words. It has been a time behind me of thinking, wondering, learning and growth.
But it feels great now and i have met some really wonderful people in the local parish that i look forward to learn to know better.

A blessed sunday i wish you all. :)
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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2012, 02:12:03 PM »
Congratulations from a fellow catechumen!  I sure God will bless you as he's blessed me over these past few months.

Thank you. :) Have you been a catechumen for a long time? Can i also ask what it has been like so far?
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« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2012, 04:38:32 PM »
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Thank you.  Have you been a catechumen for a long time? Can i also ask what it has been like so far?

I've been a catechumen for about four months now.  Its been the hardest and the most wonderful thing that's ever happened to me.  Its been hard because I had been protestant my whole life.  Now all of the sudden its a little lonely because the Orthodox church doesn't have the "church family" intimacy that I'm used to.  But I've never felt a higher since of spiritual fulfillment and for the first time in my life I feel as though I'm on the right path as well.  I'm really enjoying all the different things I can read now like the teachings of the early fathers and apocrypha books.

PM me if you have any questions.  May God bless you as He has me.

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Thank you.  Have you been a catechumen for a long time? Can i also ask what it has been like so far?

I've been a catechumen for about four months now.  Its been the hardest and the most wonderful thing that's ever happened to me.  Its been hard because I had been protestant my whole life.  Now all of the sudden its a little lonely because the Orthodox church doesn't have the "church family" intimacy that I'm used to.  But I've never felt a higher since of spiritual fulfillment and for the first time in my life I feel as though I'm on the right path as well.  I'm really enjoying all the different things I can read now like the teachings of the early fathers and apocrypha books.

PM me if you have any questions.  May God bless you as He has me.

Just a note on the ""church family" intimacy" Jerry sorry that's missing for you, hopefully it will grow with time. Tomm, Though we are not yet catechumen we have been attending our parish steadily for 9 months and part time for 2 months before that. The sence of intimacy and family is wonderful. I think this is a thing that varies by church perhaps. Again congratulations.
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« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2012, 02:11:23 AM »
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Thank you.  Have you been a catechumen for a long time? Can i also ask what it has been like so far?

I've been a catechumen for about four months now.  Its been the hardest and the most wonderful thing that's ever happened to me.  Its been hard because I had been protestant my whole life.  Now all of the sudden its a little lonely because the Orthodox church doesn't have the "church family" intimacy that I'm used to.  But I've never felt a higher since of spiritual fulfillment and for the first time in my life I feel as though I'm on the right path as well.  I'm really enjoying all the different things I can read now like the teachings of the early fathers and apocrypha books.

PM me if you have any questions.  May God bless you as He has me.

I'm going to concur with Maximum Bob on "'church family' intimacy." We definitely have it at our parish and it's great. I'm sorry to hear yours isn't quite as friendly. For my curiosity's sake, are your fellow parishioners mostly ethnic or convert?
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« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2012, 06:32:23 AM »
Congratulations from a fellow catechumen! and Glory to God..
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« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2012, 08:25:39 AM »
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I'm going to concur with Maximum Bob on "'church family' intimacy." We definitely have it at our parish and it's great. I'm sorry to hear yours isn't quite as friendly. For my curiosity's sake, are your fellow parishioners mostly ethnic or convert?

I'd say its about 85% converts.  I could see how it could vary from churches as it did in protestant churches.
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« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2012, 10:07:13 AM »
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« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2012, 10:34:28 AM »
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Re: Now i am a catechumen!
« Reply #25 on: September 03, 2012, 08:21:57 PM »
Thank you so much. My shoulders has sunk down to normal level and i smile, read, pray and praise God for such wonderful things to happen.
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