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« on: October 30, 2012, 07:54:59 PM »

Hope it's ok to post this; I'm thinking it is but if it is not, please remove. Smiley  There's been buzz in the local Orthodox community where I live about the first-ever Western Rite ROCOR parish in our fair state of Georia starting up soon.  It seems there's plenty of folks excited by the idea and/or who thought it seemed newsworthy, so I thought I would post about it here for anyone who may find it of interest.  And yes, in full disclosure, this is the parish into which I will be chrismated in just a couple weeks, LOL. I'm not posting in ANY kind of "official" capacity, lowly catechumen that I am, nor did anyone ask me to...it just seemed to me that there's been a lotta interest, just in my day-to-day wanderings and discussions, and thought folks hanging out in the WR forum might find it to be of interest.  

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We are a parish “in-formation” of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia forming in the Woodstock, Georgia area.  We are a “Western Rite” parish; which means that if you are visiting from a Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Anglican, or another Christian background, then you’ll find something that you’ll be familiar with.  The fact that we are a Russian Orthodox Church doesn’t mean that you have to be of Russian descent or speak Russian.  Our worship is in English and we have people from all walks of life who come together and worship in the way that the ancient undivided Church has worshiped to this modern day.

Again, hope I haven't crossed any lines, offended or gotten myself into trouble... i just think it's cool that this will be the first and I just KNOW there's folks out there who would find it equally intriguing... Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012, 11:40:13 PM »

Glory to God, CatherineBrigid! Hope to visit. When is your first Sunday Mass?
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012, 04:52:24 AM »

Sunday, November 18.  The final details on exact location and time are being nailed down now..it LOOKS LIKE we'll be meeting in a borrowed space in Acworth to start, BUT they are still finalizing details so can't give ya all the info just yet (should have that in the next day or so).  We are traveling to SC next Friday the 9th for Father's ordination (last sunday was his last day serving as an Anglican priest) and all our chrismations/baptisms, and services will start that next Sunday.  Very excited about it, to say the least.  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2012, 11:55:15 AM »

Sunday, November 18.  The final details on exact location and time are being nailed down now..it LOOKS LIKE we'll be meeting in a borrowed space in Acworth to start, BUT they are still finalizing details so can't give ya all the info just yet (should have that in the next day or so).  We are traveling to SC next Friday the 9th for Father's ordination (last sunday was his last day serving as an Anglican priest) and all our chrismations/baptisms, and services will start that next Sunday.  Very excited about it, to say the least.  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

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Please let me know when you've nailed down a location. I carpool with several folks up here in Rome, and we usually attend St. Mary of Egypt (OCA) in Norcross (though we make the occasional stop to see St. Elizabeth's, ACROD, in Woodstock, as they're doing mission work with us in Rome). I'll let them know your first Sunday is the 18th, and we may very well show up. Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2012, 05:19:45 PM »

I absolutely will... I will post the details once they are officially confirmed. Smiley that would be AWESOME to have y'all come out at any time, but especially cool on our first sunday. Smiley How fun, a OC.net worship gathering, LOL! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2012, 10:46:50 PM »

Congratulations, there are other Anglicans waiting patiently in the wings to follow your footsteps in Arkansas and Kansas. Pray for us!
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2012, 10:55:35 PM »

Wish you guys could have done this a few years ago while my brother's family and I lived in Canton. We'd have probably stuck with our GOA parish, but I've always wanted to attend a WR service to see what it was like.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2012, 07:18:15 AM »

Congratulations, there are other Anglicans waiting patiently in the wings to follow your footsteps in Arkansas and Kansas. Pray for us!


Thank you! I am definitely praying!!!  (((hugs))) to all. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2012, 10:03:20 AM »

But will your parish follow russian standards (singing-chants, liturgy, traditions and customs) or will it be an all-english thing?
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2012, 10:20:19 AM »

Language-wise, all English, not a one of us are even remotely russian, but yes there WILL be chanting and everything. Smiley I believe we'll be using the Liturgy of St. Gregory, but DON'T quote me on that because I could be wrong and don't want to misrepresent lol. I'll double-check on that and get back to you on for sure.
 We haven't had a service yet so I can't tell ya what it's gonna be like lol.
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2012, 11:22:21 AM »

...and here we are! This is us, with our newly-received, very old icon of St. Nicholas of Myra, at lunch yesterday following Fr. Benedict's ordination (we were all Chrismated/baptized on Friday).  So.. here you have.. the birth of a parish.  Awesomely exciting in so many ways! What a blessing.

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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2012, 12:03:19 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2012, 12:04:11 PM »

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2012, 01:16:04 PM »

Many years!
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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2012, 01:21:40 PM »

may God bless yr parish.
it has been lovely following yr story.
please pray for us too as the new coptic patriarch (tawadros II) starts his new 'job' on 18th as well.
may God guide us all to share our faith and shine the light of His mercy.

edit - praying for u too, father bob. i know (from other people in yr position) how hard it is to wait, when other people are following very slowly behind. may God give u much patience and strength.
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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2012, 01:25:33 PM »

Thank you mabsoota!!! Prayers are ongoing! Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2012, 07:10:32 PM »

I hope you got cookies.  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2012, 07:11:48 PM »

Thank God for this! Some more Orthodox in the world!
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« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2012, 07:31:05 PM »

I hope you got cookies.  Grin

mmmmmmmmm....cookies.......  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2012, 07:42:07 PM »

 Cheesy Again, congratulations and many years.
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« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2012, 07:44:33 PM »

Many years!
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« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2012, 08:02:02 PM »

THANK YOU!
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« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2012, 09:02:39 PM »

Many years! Congratulations to you all, and welcome!
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« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2012, 09:46:39 PM »

Thank you, Fr. Aidan!!!!
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Many years! Glory be to God!
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« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2012, 11:06:01 PM »

Congratulations, there are other Anglicans waiting patiently in the wings to follow your footsteps in Arkansas and Kansas. Pray for us!


And this sole Anglican in Alabama, Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2012, 05:52:29 AM »

We finally, officially have a temporary location in which to meet! (ah yes, nothing like those 11th hour victories, LOL!)

For the time being we will be meeting in a chapel here:   "ACWORTH CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY at 3891 Nance Road Acworth, Georgia in the small chapel. We will have access at around 2 to 2:30pm. Chapel is being used as a youth church before our use." (copied from our Facebook page)

Tomorrow is our first service ever.. and I am SO excited and looking forward to it. Smiley

Blessings to all!
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« Reply #27 on: November 17, 2012, 09:37:20 AM »

Liturgy will begin at 3:00 Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2012, 11:55:00 AM »

Liturgy will begin at 3:00 Smiley

that's only 27 hours! (assuming u r in same time zone as orthodoxChristianity.net)
i am excited for you!
we will have our new leader in about 18 hours! i am counting down just as much as you are!

do you fast from midnight? coz that's a looooong time!
i've been to a 2pm liturgy, but a 3pm one is a bit harder (by one hour!)
may God bless u and give u all great peace.
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« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2012, 06:43:03 AM »

I am VERY excited...feel like a kid waiting for christmas, LOL.  Smiley regarding fasting and our very late liturgy, here is what Fr. Benedict said on our FB page:

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For those of you regarding the question of eating before the Eucharist... One is traditionally supposed to not ingest food from Sunset on Saturday until after the Eucharist is taken. Since our Liturgy will be late in the day, let us apply a principle of grace regarding the needs of the body with the need to be faithful. If you need to eat on Sunday morning, do so with restraint and prayerfully. Some have dietary needs due to diabetes or other issues. If you are able to fast until afternoon, then by all means do so but not at the detriment of health or family..

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« Reply #30 on: November 21, 2012, 12:48:27 AM »

What is the aftermath? What are your impressions?
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« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2012, 04:20:55 AM »

Yes, please let us know how things went. You owe it to us by now.  Wink
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« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2012, 06:43:16 PM »

I think you've lost Catherine to the Thanksgiving holiday, but I'll comment!

It was a pleasure to visit this new WR mission, meet Fr. Benedict (along with Catherine and other newly-minted Orthodox) and celebrate the Liturgy with them! They seem very excited about being connected to the Holy Orthodox Church, and served the Liturgy with all due reverence. They served a chanter's Mass (using the Liturgy of St. Gregory), as they haven't gotten down all of the music yet, but it was done very beautifully. I'm glad that Catherine showed up here, and I was able to learn they're only about an hour from me! It was an honor for me to visit them during their first Liturgy, and I look forward to visiting them in the future.
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« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2012, 09:03:20 PM »

I hope to be able to come over some day too from Norway when my catechumenate is done and (by the will of God) been admitted into
the ROCOR family. Smiley

Praying for them to get things going just fine.
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