A nice elderly lady in the parish told me this over a soda after the Divine Liturgy today. I try to hide this, but obviously not doing it very well. Should I be ashamed of myself or can any former catechumens or catechumens say that they have or do feel/have felt it the same way?
Other than that, it is truly a day of joy!
Yes, very much so...a strong sense of longing, also of awe and unworthiness. Each time I go it's stronger, and harder to ignore and hide.
...its a grace by itself that longing that He gave you for Him.
Lovely. And so true!
That it's a grace of God hadn't occurred to me, but I agree
I was made a catechumen on the Sunday after Theophany some years ago.
On that day I received a beautiful icon card of the Theotokos from my beloved Godsister.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand in the threshold of the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You!
This passage from Psalm 83 is beautiful and also true. There's nowhere else I'd rather be than in God's House.
Tom, I wish you all the best on your journey, as you step closer to the starting line. I look forward to hearing about your reception and the first time you're able to commune.
I'll keep you in my prayers - please also pray for me.