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Offline lellimore

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Conversion
« on: March 04, 2005, 11:12:12 AM »
Hi, I used to post here, but it was a long time ago...I'd be surprised if anyone remembered me  ;).  I've recently become a catechumen in the Antiochian Orthodox Church, and should be received into the Church by summer.  I'm insanely indecisive, and it took me almost five years to make up my mind on this one (considering I'm 19, that seems like forever lol).  I would appreciate any prayers for an auspicious start.  My name (at least for the next couple of months  ;)) is Ryan.

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Re: Conversion
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2005, 11:27:59 AM »
Prayer, of course,  Ryan!
And we do remember you. Don't worry, I've had friends take 19 years to convert.

As St John Chrysostom said:

"For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.
To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.
He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.
The deed He honors and the intention He commends."
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Re: Conversion
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2005, 03:30:56 PM »
Ryan, prayers of course, and i remember you as well :) also, im being received into the Church by summer too, so keep me in your prayers as well!
hmmmm...

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Re: Conversion
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2005, 04:42:21 PM »
Ryan, prayers of course, and i remember you as well :) also, im being received into the Church by summer too, so keep me in your prayers as well!
I'll do that.  Do you have a definite date set yet?

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2005, 05:08:00 PM »
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I'll do that.  Do you have a definite date set yet?

yep. May 15, Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers :) it's my one weekend off basically, between spring semester and summer semester...how about you? do u have a date set yet?
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Re: Conversion
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2005, 05:17:38 PM »
Congrats, Ryan.  I remember you, too!  -íMuchos a+¦os!
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Re: Conversion
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2005, 05:18:39 PM »
Lord, have mercy. 
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Re: Conversion
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2005, 06:33:53 PM »
May your path be straight and enlightened.

I myself do not place time constraints on such a important issue, all things come to fulfilment, God willing.

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Re: Conversion
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2005, 09:57:57 PM »


yep. May 15, Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers :) it's my one weekend off basically, between spring semester and summer semester...how about you? do u have a date set yet?

No, don't have an exact date yet, but probably sometime in June.

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Re: Conversion
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2005, 01:06:56 AM »
Lord have mercy!

Ryan,

I also remember you, and I wish you well on your journey.

BTW, I took over five years to convert (but not as long as the 19 quoted elsewhere in here). I think Arystokles' excerpt was very appropriate---what matters is that you now are ready for your new birth.

Donna Rose,

I also am praying for you! May 15 will be a great day indeed! Xroniapolla!
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Re: Conversion
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2005, 01:40:28 AM »
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No, don't have an exact date yet, but probably sometime in June.

That is wonderful :) right around the corner! u'll be in my prayers as we both prepare for this awesome step.

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I also am praying for you! May 15 will be a great day indeed! Xroniapolla!

Thank you! :) it will indeed...what does "Xroniapolla" mean?
hmmmm...

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Re: Conversion
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2005, 11:03:53 AM »
Donna Rose,

Please accept my apologies regarding my use of "Xroniapolla"--I did not mean to confuse you. It's a (poorly) Anglicized version of the Greek for "Many Years".

Unfortunately, I do not have a Greek font on my computer here (back home, with my wife and kids). I am hoping that when I return to school from Spring Break one of my many seminarian brothers may help me to install a Greek font on my computer there (ahem--hint, hint...)

Anyway, the point is that I congratulate you on your decision and wish you many years in the embrace of the Church!
"As the sparrow flees from a hawk, so the man seeking humility flees from an argument". St John Climacus

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Re: Conversion
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2005, 01:49:32 PM »
Thank you! no apology necessary, i just had never seen the word before :)
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