Introductions from 2007new members
Posted 19 June 2006 - 02:50 AM
Posted 19 June 2006 - 01:45 PM
Welcome to the forum! I haven't posted much here but I have been a lurker for a long time. My husband and I are on the road to the Orthodox Church also after some stumbling blocks. We are very happy to be making this journey together. He is a former Epicopalian and I am from the Catholic Church. We also attend an Antiochian Church, St. Michael's. Unfortunately there are not many around here so our choice is very limited.
May our Lord Jeus Christ and the Theotokos guide you on your journey.
Posted 21 December 2006 - 06:26 PM
Posted 22 December 2006 - 04:48 AM
Welcome! Believe me, as a recent participant in the forum and only in Orthodoxy a short 4 years, you can not ask a bad question here. There are MANY learned people and venerable clergy who will always answer questions.
Yes most of them are very deep, I don't know where they find some of their resources, but they are on target. The great thing about this forum is you can ask them most anything and stay anonomyous. You don't have to worry about your priest or other parishioners finding out you "asked a question".
Enjoy, look around and ask questions. How else will you understand your re-found faith?
Posted 22 December 2006 - 11:12 AM
Welcome to Monachos, and how wonderful for you and for your family that after such a long journey you have rediscovered Orthodoxy.
It sounds as though your journey has been eventful and strenuous, and I wonder if you might share a few of your reflections on it with us here? Through it, you actually bring much to this forum, and there are no silly questions, just the ones we don't ask. All of us here are on the same journey, even those who don't know it yet, and I sometimes think of us as latter-day Chaucerian Canterbury Pilgrims! Those who know Chaucer can come up with their own attributions!
We all try to support each other are we go on our way, and your contribution will be much welcomed.
Posted 22 December 2006 - 06:21 PM
Glad you're here. If you feel timid about asking questions or participating in discussions, may I suggest that you spend some time searching threads that relate to some of your questions? I did this at first and I became less fearful as I found that the members here respond with love and concern.
For me, the old adage "the more you know, the more you realize you don't know" applies to my journey in Christ. But take heart! for, "As many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ"
Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:44 AM
Posted 02 January 2007 - 03:06 PM
Welcome to Monachos. There are many here who love the Jesus Prayer and will be able to discuss it with you. I am but a beginner in almost all aspects of the spiritual life, though I have been a Christian all my life. I was an Evangelical myself.
Anyhow, best wishes and I hope that all your questions find helpful answers.
Posted 03 January 2007 - 02:45 AM
I am a recent convert to Holy Orthodoxy (one year at December 24, 2006) and also new to this forum. Coming to the Faith late in life I have much to learn as I struggle along.
Please help this poor sinner learn to live and think the Orthodox way.
I ask for your prayers, and you shall all be in mine!
Posted 03 January 2007 - 09:05 AM
As someone who is still on the journey towards Orthodoxy, I shall see you down the road a little, and congratulate you on being where you are.
There is so much to learn - and experience - and that is one of the great benefits of this site. I hope you find what you seek - as well as what you did not know you needed.
Posted 03 January 2007 - 09:09 AM
So I thought maybe it's time to greet you like this. I'm still in my protestant background, but for a couple of years have been longing towards Orthodoxy. Countless times have I found help from your posts, hope and encouragement in faith.
I probably will stay more on the reading side from now on also, but hopefully get to grow closer to the Church gradually and that way be able to participate more...
I have visited a monastery a few times in my country, and a few times gone to my local Orthodox Church for evening service. I have also found such views of truth in good Orthodox books that if God wills, I hope I can someday be taken into the Church truly.
A Blessed New Year to all of you.
Posted 03 January 2007 - 09:23 AM
Let me add my own welcome to you.
I came to Orthodoxy in my late twenties, and there is sometimes a twinge of regret that I was not able to find Orthodoxy as a child. But I take the view that God brings us to Himself by His own ways and according to His own will. It's His fault I was not born into an Orthodox family, not mine.
So I just enjoy becoming Orthodox and don't worry about not yet being fully and completely Orthodox - since being Orthodox means being fully Christian, fully the person God desires me to be, I don't expect that process to be completed this side of the grave.
We are all struggling along, and it is a pleasure and a joy to have you join this forum so that we can support each other as we become more fully Orthodox.
May God bless our membership here in 2007
Posted 03 January 2007 - 12:00 PM
I look forward to continue getting to know the people here better. Some Eastern Catholic/Orthodox message boards can seem clique-like, and it's hard to really make friends.
Posted 03 January 2007 - 03:59 PM
Actually I am part of the British Orthodox Church - http://www.britishorthodox.org, which is a diocese serving British people within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate. We are commissioned to do mission and ministry in our own British culture and language, in a way which is consistant with our Orthodox Faith - so it is a bit of an experiment. An exciting one.
I have met the Ethiopian priest in London, but my own British Orthodox have very good relations with the Eritrean Orthodox, also in London. Indeed my bishop and other clergy and British folk will be with them for their Nativity celebrations this weekend.
Best wishes and a Happy New Year
Posted 03 January 2007 - 05:23 PM
It is good to have you here. Like you I come from a non-Orthodox background, and have found this site a wonderful resource in all sorts of ways, so it is good to know others feel the same way.
I have found people here very generous in their willingness to answer questions which must, to some of them, seem quite simple, which to those of us from outside are not.
May God guide your footsteps where they are meant to go, as as is best for you.
A happy 2007 to you.
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