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« on: July 11, 2005, 03:22:35 PM »

After what seems a world of hesitation, I finally asked a priest to accept me as a Catechumen!

His suggestion was that we could start the catechumenate in August, and God-willing I will be Chrismated next Pascha. (I guess that’s April 23) Please pray for me as I embark on this journey.

In spite of the fact that I prefer not to wait so long (it seems like forever to me) I am very happy. I accept whatever Father decides on this matter. At last I am coming home!

I am stoked! Cheesy Grin Cheesy



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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2005, 04:05:17 PM »

Michael,

woo hoo! i remember what a feeling of relief and peace it was for me when i finally became a catechumen...the journey will be very rewarding, even with the length you have described (in fact, in many ways *because* of the length you have described...mine was almost the same length i think, although i didn't know anything going into it)...you have the right attitude, to trust your priest's judgment - trust is the best foundation on which to build the Spiritual Father-spiritual child (for lack of a better term) relationship, IMO. anyway, congrats, many years, and welcome home Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2005, 04:13:59 PM »

How long is someone usually a catechumen?
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2005, 04:20:25 PM »

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it varies. some of the more traditional churches require a year or more, while others require less. i think in ancient times it was either a year or 3 years, i cant remember. also, the line delineating "catechumen" is not always clear, since sometimes a person will be considered a catechumen by the priest without having done the service to make him/her one, which means it's sometimes hard to say when that person's catechumenate began. basically a catechumen is someone who attends services regularly and is in correspondance (in classes or individual meetings or however it works for each person) with the priest in order to learn more about the faith, with the eventual objective of joining the Church fully.
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2005, 04:23:05 PM »

hummmmmmmmmm....... wow, at my church catechumen classes are only four months.  Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2005, 04:32:29 PM »

Orthodoxy works on an individual basis. Some people may need 2 months, some people may need two years. We don't usually have courses to complete but instead combine education with discernment on the part of the priest as to one's spiritual condition and level of understanding about Orthodox beliefs.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2005, 06:12:31 PM »

a story to supplement what choirfiend said:

this man who was a catechumen while i was one also, he had become a catechumen way before me, and had gone through the inquirer classes in the round prior to mine (i.e. the year before), but after finishing the classes still felt he was not ready to join the Church fully, and so simply attended services and continued to discern for himself for what was probably about an additional year....my priest told me when i became a catechumen that after that step, he does not pressure the catechumen, but simply guides and is present to answer questions, etc., and that it would be up to the catechumen to speak up about feeling ready, at which time my priest would either concur or suggest more time...so this man i mentioned was received into the church only a week prior to me, but had probably been a catechumen twice as long. it really is a case by case basis.
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2005, 07:30:33 PM »

After what seems a world of hesitation, I finally asked a priest to accept me as a Catechumen!

His suggestion was that we could start the catechumenate in August, and God-willing I will be Chrismated next Pascha. (I guess that’s April 23) Please pray for me as I embark on this journey.


Congratulations Michael!  Believe me, the time will fly by.  It'll be Pascha before you know it.  What jurisdiction are you joining? 

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2005, 09:28:56 PM »

Speaking from my own experience I think the longer the catachumenate the better.  Long study and working to begin an Orthodox life coupled with the desire for the Grace of the church truly prepare one for baptism. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2005, 09:48:19 PM »

Congratulations Michael!  Believe me, the time will fly by.  It'll be Pascha before you know it.  What jurisdiction are you joining? 

Hi Jennifer!

I was so deeply involved in my old church that it took a long time to decompress. I am now satisfied that I am making the right decision.

I will join the OCA, God willing.  Smiley

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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2005, 09:48:20 AM »

After what seems a world of hesitation, I finally asked a priest to accept me as a Catechumen!

His suggestion was that we could start the catechumenate in August, and God-willing I will be Chrismated next Pascha. (I guess that’s April 23) Please pray for me as I embark on this journey.

In spite of the fact that I prefer not to wait so long (it seems like forever to me) I am very happy. I accept whatever Father decides on this matter. At last I am coming home!

I am stoked! Cheesy Grin Cheesy



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Good luck with it, and it'll be here before you know it...
BTW, you just put me into an EXCELLENT mood...  I just realized that next year Pascha is on my Birthday!!!  WooHoo...  turning the 1/4 of the century mark can't be that bad if your B-Day is on Pascha!
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2005, 10:08:36 PM »

Well, I got the word this week.  Cheesy

I will be accepted along with two other catechumens on Christmas Eve! I cannot believe how quickly things have moved!

I am very happy  Grin Although I appreciate all of the preparation necessary and somehow would like it to continue in some way.

I love my parish, my priest is outstanding, the whole congregation is loving and reverent! I could not have made a better choice if I had known what I was doing!! This is likely going to be the best Christmas ever for me, with the best possible gift. It only took me 50 years to see may way to this point.  Roll Eyes

Glory to Jesus Christ!

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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2005, 05:54:42 AM »

Great news! Congratulations Michael Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2005, 09:15:01 AM »

Congrats
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