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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #45 on: July 06, 2014, 04:25:42 PM »
Experienced my first Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas today! It was wonderful, reverent, lovely, bright, and full of love. I have never been so wrapped in the love and peace of God. The community was also very welcoming. Sarah and I greatly benefited from the experience.

Glad to hear it! I think I will always remember my first Divine Liturgy. :)  I'm glad to hear yours was just as wonderful.
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #46 on: July 06, 2014, 07:00:38 PM »
Experienced my first Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas today! It was wonderful, reverent, lovely, bright, and full of love. I have never been so wrapped in the love and peace of God. The community was also very welcoming. Sarah and I greatly benefited from the experience.

Good to hear of your positive experience.  May the Lord continue to guide you and your wife on your journey.   :)

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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #47 on: July 07, 2014, 12:57:40 PM »
Glory to God! May the Lord guide you always.

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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #48 on: July 14, 2014, 07:42:47 AM »
Experienced my first Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas today! It was wonderful, reverent, lovely, bright, and full of love. I have never been so wrapped in the love and peace of God. The community was also very welcoming. Sarah and I greatly benefited from the experience.

Thanks be to God!  :angel:
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #49 on: July 14, 2014, 09:16:47 AM »
I went to my second Divine Liturgy yesterday, unlike the first time I was able to follow the services more closely.

It wasn't a negative experience, I felt fine after going there.

Though I was really tired afterward, I had to clean the house and walk the dog afterward.
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #50 on: July 14, 2014, 10:50:31 AM »
I went to my second Divine Liturgy yesterday, unlike the first time I was able to follow the services more closely.

It wasn't a negative experience, I felt fine after going there.

Though I was really tired afterward, I had to clean the house and walk the dog afterward.

If you could follow well at your second visit, you are doing better than I was. ;)

I had a tendency to get lost a lot. But it still didn't take long at all for me to learn. And now I understand enough bits of the Greek even that I have some ideas what is going on even if I didn't have context or text. Having the same pattern every week makes it easy to learn. :)

Sorry you ended up tired. I guess I did at first too, but now I'm so endergized by it that I feel almost like I've missed something on a "short day". :). I hope it will become like that for you too - if you are already following along that's probably a good sign. :)
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #51 on: July 14, 2014, 11:03:53 AM »
I went to my second Divine Liturgy yesterday, unlike the first time I was able to follow the services more closely.

It wasn't a negative experience, I felt fine after going there.

Though I was really tired afterward, I had to clean the house and walk the dog afterward.

If you could follow well at your second visit, you are doing better than I was. ;)

I had a tendency to get lost a lot. But it still didn't take long at all for me to learn. And now I understand enough bits of the Greek even that I have some ideas what is going on even if I didn't have context or text. Having the same pattern every week makes it easy to learn. :)

Sorry you ended up tired. I guess I did at first too, but now I'm so endergized by it that I feel almost like I've missed something on a "short day". :). I hope it will become like that for you too - if you are already following along that's probably a good sign. :)

The services were in English, Arabic and Greek so I was fine.  :)
"Your children shall become the head, but you... will become the tail of the Church; therefore your judges will be those who have always preserved the Catholic Faith... they will be the Orthodox and true Catholics since they have never accepted heretics... but have remained zealous for the True Faith." (Western Bishops' Response to Pope Vigilius)

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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #52 on: July 14, 2014, 11:07:38 AM »
I went to my second Divine Liturgy yesterday, unlike the first time I was able to follow the services more closely.

It wasn't a negative experience, I felt fine after going there.

Though I was really tired afterward, I had to clean the house and walk the dog afterward.

If you could follow well at your second visit, you are doing better than I was. ;)

I had a tendency to get lost a lot. But it still didn't take long at all for me to learn. And now I understand enough bits of the Greek even that I have some ideas what is going on even if I didn't have context or text. Having the same pattern every week makes it easy to learn. :)

Sorry you ended up tired. I guess I did at first too, but now I'm so endergized by it that I feel almost like I've missed something on a "short day". :). I hope it will become like that for you too - if you are already following along that's probably a good sign. :)

The services were in English, Arabic and Greek so I was fine.  :)

Ah, ok. I'm glad to hear that. ;)

I know several languages (varying levels of fluency) and the Greek is still taking time. Arabic I would be totally lost in. But if it works for you, that's awesome! :)

Then again, I'd be ok with total Greek at this point (except the readings), though I'd still like a translation for Orthros. :)
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #53 on: July 14, 2014, 12:04:17 PM »
I went to my second Divine Liturgy yesterday, unlike the first time I was able to follow the services more closely.

It wasn't a negative experience, I felt fine after going there.

Though I was really tired afterward, I had to clean the house and walk the dog afterward.
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #54 on: July 20, 2014, 06:27:41 PM »
Hello everyone. I want to thank you all again for your love, patience, care and prayer. You have helped me and my wife on our journey.

I'm happy to inform you all that today my wife and I declared to our priest our desire and intention to become catechumens and unite with the Orthodox Church. He has accepted us with joy. The official prayer before the congregation will be in three weeks when he returns from his vacation. I just couldn't wait to inform you all as this is all a miraculous answer to prayer.

The Lord moves, thanks be to God.  :D
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #55 on: July 20, 2014, 06:47:58 PM »
Hooray!   :angel:
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #56 on: July 20, 2014, 06:49:41 PM »
Great news!
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #57 on: July 20, 2014, 07:05:14 PM »
Hello everyone. I want to thank you all again for your love, patience, care and prayer. You have helped me and my wife on our journey.

I'm happy to inform you all that today my wife and I declared to our priest our desire and intention to become catechumens and unite with the Orthodox Church. He has accepted us with joy. The official prayer before the congregation will be in three weeks when he returns from his vacation. I just couldn't wait to inform you all as this is all a miraculous answer to prayer.

The Lord moves, thanks be to God.  :D

Thanks be to God! It's wonderful that you have decided this as a family.

Many blessings on your journey. You have my prayers. :)
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #58 on: July 20, 2014, 08:20:43 PM »
Glory to God.
Psalm 37:23 The Lord guides a man safely in the way he should go.

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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #59 on: July 20, 2014, 10:05:16 PM »
Congratulations!!   ;D

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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #60 on: July 25, 2014, 04:37:56 PM »
Hello everyone. I want to thank you all again for your love, patience, care and prayer. You have helped me and my wife on our journey.

I'm happy to inform you all that today my wife and I declared to our priest our desire and intention to become catechumens and unite with the Orthodox Church. He has accepted us with joy. The official prayer before the congregation will be in three weeks when he returns from his vacation. I just couldn't wait to inform you all as this is all a miraculous answer to prayer.

The Lord moves, thanks be to God.  :D

Praise the Lord. This is wonderful news indeed.
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #61 on: August 17, 2014, 02:39:21 PM »
a little thing i was able to share with OCN recently.   :D

https://www.facebook.com/MyOCN/posts/10152632357020330
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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #62 on: August 17, 2014, 09:25:16 PM »
Lord, have mercy on nicodemus144 and his family.

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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #63 on: August 17, 2014, 10:21:57 PM »
Congratulations, best wishes, and prayers.

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Re: Investigating Orthodox Christianity
« Reply #64 on: August 17, 2014, 10:24:34 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #65 on: August 17, 2014, 10:26:09 PM »
a little thing i was able to share with OCN recently.   :D

https://www.facebook.com/MyOCN/posts/10152632357020330

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« Reply #66 on: August 18, 2014, 11:59:17 PM »
Congratulations. Glory to God.
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