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Offline IoanC

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Re: On being received into Orthodoxy
« Reply #45 on: November 18, 2013, 11:56:19 AM »
All I can offer from my perspective is to try to keep in mind what the sacraments mean. Why we are immersed three times (in the name of The Holy Trinity), etc.. Along the same lines, I have an article on my blog about the symbology of Christmation, if anybody wishes to read: http://romanianorthodoxyinenglish.blogspot.ro/2013/11/the-meaning-of-anointing-with-chrism.html
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Re: On being received into Orthodoxy
« Reply #46 on: November 19, 2013, 11:22:57 PM »
So I keep thinking about this:  How will I be received into Orthodoxy?  I know that typically it is just Chrismation when a RC becomes Orthodox.  I also know St. Mark of Ephesus spoke against the rebaptism of RC's who become Orthodox.  However, Kallistos Ware said in "The Orthodox Church" that triple immersion is key...so which method will I undergo?
Also, does Chrismation cleanse you of sin, or would I have to confess before Communing for the first time in the Orthodox Church?

You'd need to speak with your priest as it can vary.

I'm converting from Southern Baptist and attend a Greek church.  I was told that I didn't need to be rebaptized since I was immersed in the name of the Trinity, but I will need to do a non-sacramental confession first.  It was explained that Chrismation is like baptism without water, conferring the Holy Spirit and absolution.
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Re: On being received into Orthodoxy
« Reply #47 on: November 22, 2013, 04:36:56 PM »
So I keep thinking about this:  How will I be received into Orthodoxy?  I know that typically it is just Chrismation when a RC becomes Orthodox.  I also know St. Mark of Ephesus spoke against the rebaptism of RC's who become Orthodox.  However, Kallistos Ware said in "The Orthodox Church" that triple immersion is key...so which method will I undergo?
Also, does Chrismation cleanse you of sin, or would I have to confess before Communing for the first time in the Orthodox Church?

First and foremost is the question: "was your first baptism a Trinitarian baptism?" if not you will need to be baptized by immersion.  My Episcopalian baptism was accepted and I entered the Orthodox Church through Chrismation as did my wife.  My 'conditional' RC baptism wasn't necessary for this conversion.

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Re: On being received into Orthodoxy
« Reply #48 on: November 22, 2013, 06:51:30 PM »
So I keep thinking about this:  How will I be received into Orthodoxy?  I know that typically it is just Chrismation when a RC becomes Orthodox.  I also know St. Mark of Ephesus spoke against the rebaptism of RC's who become Orthodox.  However, Kallistos Ware said in "The Orthodox Church" that triple immersion is key...so which method will I undergo?
Also, does Chrismation cleanse you of sin, or would I have to confess before Communing for the first time in the Orthodox Church?

First and foremost is the question: "was your first baptism a Trinitarian baptism?" if not you will need to be baptized by immersion.  My Episcopalian baptism was accepted and I entered the Orthodox Church through Chrismation as did my wife.  My 'conditional' RC baptism wasn't necessary for this conversion.
Yes, it was a Trinitarian RC baptism.
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Re: On being received into Orthodoxy
« Reply #49 on: November 24, 2013, 10:57:08 AM »
  Don't get too hung up on how you'll be received.   You may get a bishop or priest who wants to baptize you, or just by Chrismation alone.  Put it in God's hands, and accept what comes.   I pray that your spiritual Journey goes well.