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Does it feel different to be officially Orthodox?
« on: September 15, 2012, 09:58:20 PM »
Did you feel different after you were received into the Orthodox church?
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Re: Does it feel different to be officially Orthodox?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2012, 10:23:20 PM »
Being able to Eucharist makes a big difference.
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Re: Does it feel different to be officially Orthodox?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2012, 10:23:45 PM »
Yes. After that I had a place where I belonged to. Religiously speaking I never had one before chrismation and eucharist.
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Re: Does it feel different to be officially Orthodox?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2012, 11:12:04 PM »
I felt very different, but not sure how to describe it.

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Re: Does it feel different to be officially Orthodox?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2012, 07:54:03 AM »
Before the chrismation in the Orthodox Church I had been "Unofficial Orthodox" (as I used to call myself)more or less 5 years. I'd been fasting and attending Liturgies and services, some Orthodox meetings, pilgramages, etc. However,  after being received into Orthodoxy, I feel absolutely different, because, obviously, Orthodox is not only attending services and observing some rules I couldn't even image how big would be the difference.

First of all, the participation in the Holy Mysteries, especially Eucharist. That I'm truly a part of the Mystical Body of Christ - the Holy and Apostolic Church. Without heresies, changes in the ancient Christian faith. I also feel true member of parish, of the community. I have more spiritual talks with my priest. I can develop myself in the way I couldn't before the chrismation (there was important not only the fact of receiving into the Church, but also the chrismation itself - the gifts of the Holy Spirit).
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Re: Does it feel different to be officially Orthodox?
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2012, 11:08:03 AM »
My life has changed in the past seven years in ways that I don't think ever would have happened had I not been Orthodox, but I can't say that I felt any different after my chrismation.