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#61 IleanaO

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:35 AM

I was feeling very hopeless today as my coworker who is 38 and not trying, told me she was pregnant. I have an IUI being done tomorrow (fertility treatment to conceive) and I started to question why not me. But I came to this thread and I believe it is in Gods hands. With prayer, nothing is impossible. Please keep me in your prayers and I pray I will be able to tell you of another mircales she has created.

I did contact and receive a piece of the apple, and holy oil from the monastery of St Irene in NY.

God bless us!

#62 Kyrill Bolton

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:12 PM

Through the intersessions of St. Hannah, St. Anna, St. Irene and all the Saints may our God give you a child.
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#63 Alice

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:19 PM

Keep praying fervently dear Ileana...may God, through the intercessions of St. Irene Chrysovalantou, bring you a precious baby. Amen.

#64 Pipay

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 05:36 AM

Hi,
Can someone help me please? my husband and I have been trying to have a baby more or less 3 yrs now.. I have tried Acupuncture, chinese herb, and IUI twice, no success, I have heard about St Irene Chrysovalantou, I live in New Zealand, can someone help me please? thank you.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 05:04 PM

hello,

can someone tell me about fasting? What you have to do during the 3 days of fasting?
Thank you.
God bless

#66 Fr Raphael Vereshack

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:35 PM

hello,

can someone tell me about fasting? What you have to do during the 3 days of fasting?
Thank you.
God bless


You will need to make your question more clear as to what 3 days you are referring to. Orthodox Christians have been fasting since Feb 27 (Feb 20 if you count Cheesefare week) in preparation for Holy Pascha which is Sunday April 15 (next Sunday).

In Christ
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#67 Rdr Daniel (R.)

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:09 PM

Bless Father,


I believe she may be speaking of the fasting in order to pray for a child. Such as Alice spoke of here.

Periods of fasting together with your husband for the particular intention you have, coupled with joint prayer, would also be helpful...add faith and patience to that, (God's time is not our time) and I am sure that all will go well and that you will have a baby. All things are possible with God, as you know from the miracle of your walking! :-)


or that David Robles speaks of here,

1) When I visited the monastery of Vatopaidi in Mt Athos, I venerated the belt of the Theotokos. Ribbons are touched to this relic and blessed by it. They are given to the men to take to their wives. They are worn as belts around the waist, for 14 days while fasting ( outside the normal period of fasting). The couple also abstains from conjugal relations during this period. At the end of this period the couple comes together. The brothers at Vatopaidi have lost count of the number of women who have been able to conceive.
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or maybe some other tradition of fasting in order to dedicate that time to prayer for a child or before partaking of some mystery such eating of the saint's apple ect..

But I could be wrong.

In Christ.
Daniel,

#68 Herman Blaydoe

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:33 PM

Fasting of any kind should be done as recommended by your Father confessor and perhaps your physician if you are going to attempt something rigorous. Refraining from sex is generally part of it, as well as avoiding frivolous activities, devoting as much of your time to prayer as you are able. Beyond that is what your body and spirit can handle as directed by competent spiritual and medical authority.

#69 Carolinn

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:29 AM

Daniel R was right.
We want to fast and pray to conceive a child.
Thank you all

#70 Angie

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:56 AM

Hi Pipay,

St Irene Chrysovolantou is in Athens or a Monastery in Australia. Have you found the monastery?

I hope all is well :)

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:43 PM

Hello

A cousin of mine tried for years with her husband to conceive but despite efforts, they remained without child.

UNTIL....she was given a belt to wear. Her brother brought it from Greece. I am pretty sure it is the same belt mentioned in the post below. Since then, my cosuin and her husband have in total 3 healthy children.

" Originally Posted by David Robles

When I visited the monastery of Vatopaidi in Mt Athos, I venerated the belt of the Theotokos. Ribbons are touched to this relic and blessed by it. They are given to the men to take to their wives. They are worn as belts around the waist, for 14 days while fasting ( outside the normal period of fasting). The couple also abstains from conjugal relations during this period. At the end of this period the couple comes together. The brothers at Vatopaidi have lost count of the number of women who have been able to conceive.! "



I myself have lately had health problems of my own, nothing to do with fertility, but just to say that I could not have made any sort of recovery without the love of Jesus, God ,Panayia, all the saints, my guardian angel and my family.

I am but a simple Christian. Through my ordeal I prayed for health and recovery. I prayed to never forget this ordeal so that I could always be thankful for all the blessing in life that I have. I prayed unlike before - I prayed deeper. I prayed days & nights, then weeks, then months. Countless were the times I said I can't do this anymore.

Then came the day when I knew nolonger what to pray for, for I felt helpless. I felt I had not a drop of hope within me to carry on. And I cried yet again...oh how I cried.

And so it came to me that I should prayed for hope. The very next day, the well of my soul was replinshed with hope. I consider this a miracle in itself. And for this I am grateful.

My recovery is not complete yet, but in time I belive it will be. I used to think that miracles come BAM! in one shot fully and completley. But know I think that miracles of healing can come in bits and pieces to sum up to complete healing.

One day I was in so much pain, that I prayed to Panagia Gorgoepikoos (Γοργοεπηκόου)for a breeze of wind to bring me comfort and sure enough the breeze came. Days later , in pain I said , actually I cried, "Panagia mou where are you? Do not leave me alone." And then within moments on this hot hot day, from nowhere, came a breeze to comfort me. And I knew that She had sent the breeze to comfort me and to show me she was with me. The epithet Gorgoepikoos derives from the Christian belief that the Virgin responds quickly to their prayers. She has , She did and always will.

And so I say to you, do not feel helpless, but if you do, pray for hope. Hope will fuel your faith and will bring you one step closer to loving warmth of God. Pray to Agia Anna as people have posted on this site. I believe that Ayia Anna has comapssion for childless couples hoping to conceive for She too and Joachim were many years without child. Let the comapssion of Her love bring you comfort. Lean on Her with prayer and hope and She will help you as only she can.

Be good, be well. May all your days be blessed :o)

Edited by Father David Moser, 20 April 2012 - 10:04 PM.
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:41 PM

Hello

A cousin of mine tried for years with her husband to conceive but despite efforts, they remained without child.

UNTIL....she was given a belt to wear. Her brother brought it from Greece. I am pretty sure it is the same belt mentioned in the post below. Since then, my cosuin and her husband have in total 3 healthy children.

" Originally Posted by David Robles


I myself have lately had health problems of my own, nothing to do with fertility, but just to say that I could not have made any sort of recovery without the love of Jesus, God ,Panayia, all the saints, my guardian angel and my family.

I am but a simple Christian. Through my ordeal I prayed for health and recovery. I prayed to never forget this ordeal so that I could always be thankful for all the blessing in life that I have. I prayed unlike before - I prayed deeper. I prayed days & nights, then weeks, then months. Countless were the times I said I can't do this anymore.

Then came the day when I knew nolonger what to pray for, for I felt helpless. I felt I had not a drop of hope within me to carry on. And I cried yet again...oh how I cried.

And so it came to me that I should prayed for hope. The very next day, the well of my soul was replinshed with hope. I consider this a miracle in itself. And for this I am grateful.

My recovery is not complete yet, but in time I belive it will be. I used to think that miracles come BAM! in one shot fully and completley. But know I think that miracles of healing can come in bits and pieces to sum up to complete healing.

One day I was in so much pain, that I prayed to Panagia Gorgoepikoos (Γοργοεπηκόου)for a breeze of wind to bring me comfort and sure enough the breeze came. Days later , in pain I said , actually I cried, "Panagia mou where are you? Do not leave me alone." And then within moments on this hot hot day, from nowhere, came a breeze to comfort me. And I knew that She had sent the breeze to comfort me and to show me she was with me. The epithet Gorgoepikoos derives from the Christian belief that the Virgin responds quickly to their prayers. She has , She did and always will.

And so I say to you, do not feel helpless, but if you do, pray for hope. Hope will fuel your faith and will bring you one step closer to loving warmth of God. Pray to Agia Anna as people have posted on this site. I believe that Ayia Anna has comapssion for childless couples hoping to conceive for She too and Joachim were many years without child. Let the comapssion of Her love bring you comfort. Lean on Her with prayer and hope and She will help you as only she can.

Be good, be well. May all your days be blessed :o)


Thank you, dear Constantina for your post and your advice to pray for hope when all hope is almost lost.

I pray with all my heart that the life giving font of our Panaghia, whose feast we celebrate today, will continue to bring you relief, healing and hope in your health travails, dear sister in Christ.

Christ is Risen!
Alice

#73 Haralambia

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:08 AM

Hello,

I am 41 yo and have been an Orthodox Christian for about 2 years and am so greatful to have found such a rich and loving faith.
Just wanted to share with other Orthodox Christians how God has bless us.....and hopfully give others the strength to trust God too :)

Our Little Miracle
We got married in May 2011 and started trying to conceive strait away. After a disheartening 6 months we had some tests done and found out we both had issues that contributed to our infertility. We looked into IVF but decided to trust God for a miracle.
We tried everything possible to help our chances; boxer shorts, vitamins, acupuncture, herbs, healthy eating, no spas, no caffeine, no alcohol, no sugar or processed foods.

After a further few months we felt drawn again to the IVF option. Time was not on our side due to my age and we did not want to have regrets later in life for not doing all we could. It was hard at first to know if IVF would be ethical due to our Orthodox Christian faith. But we finally concluded that if God gifts doctors to bring healing to cancer patients through various treatments He could also gift doctors to bring healing to infertile couples through IVF, while staying within the bounds of Christian ethics of course.
Our priest started to pray for us every day and gave me a ribbon that had been blessed on the Holy Belt of the Theotokos, in Greece. I wore this while strictly following the abstinence and fasting instructions for 2 weeks. But when I got my next period I lost hope and did not want to wear it again. (Oh me of little faith)

A week later we went to see an IVF specialist doctor who said our test results showed we only had a 2% chance of conceiving naturally. He said our best chance would be using the ICSI procedure; this is where a sperm is injected into an egg. But even this would only increase our chance to 10-15%. This seemed like much better odds so we agreed to go ahead.
More tests were ordered and we prepared ourselves for the grueling IVF process. And what a full on process it is. Mandatory counseling, applications, endless forms, expensive tests ect. We wasted no time with any of it because after trying to conceive now for 1 year we wanted to start the treatment as soon possible… All formalities were completed in 16 days!

Only 1 week after the 1st specialist appointment, on our 1st wedding anniversary, something amazing happened!!! We did not know it at the time but we have since calculated that this is when we conceived! We got a positive home pregnancy test just 2 days before the 2nd specialist appointment; my next period was to be when treatment would begin……So much for our rushing through the IVF application process.

I put the Holy Blessed Ribbon back on and have been wearing it ever since!

At the 2nd specialist appointment he said our more recent test results showed we have a 0% chance of conceiving naturally….. We excitedly told him our wonderful news! After mentioning a miracle; he ordered a blood test strait away that confirmed I was definitely pregnant! He then sent a letter to my referring GP stating that “It is a bloody miracle, she conceived spontaneously”... (Lord have mercy)
We are so grateful not only for this little miracle baby but also for God waiting for us to seek help from the specialist before allowing us to conceive. Because if it was not for all the tests he ordered prior to the pregnancy in preparation for IVF, we would not have known I had a blood clotting condition and a thyroid condition. The blood condition puts me at high risk of blood clots during pregnancy, especially in older women. My thyroid was at the top end of normal limits for non pregnancy but in pregnancy this level could cause a miscarriage. Because of these early diagnosis’ I was able to start medications at only 4 weeks pregnant, giving us both the best chance of survival.

I am currently 9 weeks pregnant and all is going very well :) :) :)

Thank God for His goodness and mercy!!!

#74 Father David Moser

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 03:26 AM

Haralambra's comments on IVF put me in mind to point out that the Church has some very guarded views on whether that process can be used by Orthodox Christians. I simply will point out the guidelines put forth by the Moscow Patriarchate regarding this procedure found here (Scroll down to section XII.4)

The limits set forth in this document include:
-To be used only by a married couple when there is no possibility of a natural conception
-Only the sperm of the husband and the egg of the wife are to be used
-"Spare" embryos cannot be discarded but must be considered "persons"

I would also point out that this document is set out to provide guidance to the priest in his work as the pastor and spiritual father of his flock and thus should not be taken as a "rule" outside of the context of pastoral counseling.

The posts in this thread point out time and time again that even though with men something might be considered impossible, with God all things are possible. May St Anna, the ancestor of God, who was barren but conceived the Virgin in old age beyond all expectation pray for you all.

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#75 George Y

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:12 PM

I'm not sure if anyone has suggested this, but you should wear the Holy Belt of The Theotokos. It's also called the Holy Zoni or Cincture. My family has one, and everyone who was unable to conceive, was able to after wearing it.

You can get them from Mt. Athos.

#76 Haralambia

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:14 AM

Thank you Father David Moser for your very wise words :)
I am glad you pointed out these very important points that will be helpful to those facing the trial of infertility.

My husband and i found this document very helpful. It is written by Metropolitan Nikolaos (Hatzinikolaou) from Greece
http://www.bioethics.org.gr/MMLN assisted repro.pdf

Metropolitan Nikloaos's writings further backs up the points made by Father David Moser in his post.

It is essential to be fully informed of IVF proceedures and the Orthodox Church's views, along with guidance from your parish priest before seeking IVF treatment.
My apologies for not going further into how we reached our decicion to seek IVF. It is not one to be made lightly by an Orthodox Christian.

Thanks to our Most Holy Theotokos for your prayers.




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