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« on: July 25, 2006, 10:31:02 PM »

I'm a bit nervous.  I've read the other threads on this sub-forum, so I have a fairly good idea of what to expect, but then again, every church is a little bit different due to the people who attend.

Hopefully, I won't offend anyone there.

Just posting this in case anyone has any additional advice that hasn't been posted in other threads.

The church is St. Mina's in Nashville.


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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2006, 08:30:14 PM »

There's absolutely nothing to be nervous about; i'm sure the congregation at Nashville would love to see you there. Maybe you can ring the parish priest beforehand and just give him a heads up regarding the fact you are an inquirer into Orthodoxy who is planning to explore the Coptic church firsthand by visiting the Nashville parish. That way they can anticipate your coming in order that they may assisst you in any way possible.

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2006, 08:54:47 PM »

Gabriel, I know this is already too late, but I have to back up EA.  My first visit to St. Antony's in San Antonio, TX...The people were very friendly and helpful.  I do recommend you talk to the Abouna so that he can have someone on the look out for ya and can help you through the liturgy.

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2006, 05:13:39 PM »

Gabriel, let us know how things went.  My fiance and I both (as inquirers) received warm welcomes in the Coptic Church.  That is, from a respectful distance- my experience with visiting a couple other Orthodox parishes is that's how the Orthodox tend to approach visitors.  Don't take that distance as coldness.
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