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#1 Keith Taylor

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:06 PM

Hi everyone, my name is Keith. I am new to this community and I thought that I would introduce myself. I became Orthodox on April 24, 2011 by baptism and chrismation. My parish is an Antiochian Church of the archdiocese of North America. Finding the Church for me was like finding a treasure buried on an island. Many of the writings such as the Apostolic Fathers and Desert fathers are not really found in libraries or book stores where I live and I think this can be a good thing. We have a small parish but I believe that every one is really dedicated and they are some of the best people that I've ever met. Oh by the way, The name I took at baptism was Seraphim after St. Seraphim of Sarov. God bless and pray for me a sinner. one more thing, I joined this thread on January 2, 2012, but there isn't a thread up for the new year yet.

#2 Olga

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:30 PM

I joined this thread on January 2, 2012, but there isn't a thread up for the new year yet.


There is now! :) Welcome to the forum!

#3 Keith Taylor

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:57 PM

oh cool thank you.

#4 Anna R.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:49 AM

Hi, I'm Anna and I've just joined this forum. I was chrismated last June, and spent quite a bit of time silently reading these threads beforehand, so its nice to finally participate.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:36 PM

Hi my name is Leah, I am a convert to Greek Orthodoxy (6 years ago),and have just joined and wanted to introduce myself. I am a bit isolated ,in as much as, my parish is 1hr away, so I can't really socialise much other than church days (which is monthly.) My fiance is serbian Orthodox (we've have been together 25 years.....yes I did say fiance!!! took him a while ! LOL), we are always talking about our faith,but I did just want another place to chat as well.I already know most of his opinions, so not much debate goes on these days. I look forward to being part of this community.

#6 Jason McLaren

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 02:15 AM

Hello everyone, I'm nervous but here goes!:)
My name is Jason, and I am a catechumen in the Catholic Church (Latin Rite). I have a very ecumenical mindset when it comes to Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism, and viewed this forum as a great place to learn more about Eastern Christianity. I hope you don't mind me being on here, and I look very forward to being enlightened by many of you! I also am looking to expand the Orthodox section of my library (and by this, I mean post-Schism writings), as I only have the following titles:
The Triads of Gregory Palamas
Little Russian Philokalia of St. Seraphim of Sarov
The Way of a Pilgrim
Writings from the Philokalia on the Prayer of the Heart

I am excited and eager to learn and listen, and look forward to meeting all of you!

Pax deum,
Jason

#7 James Lawrence

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 03:19 AM

Hi there, my name is James, my patron is St. Cyprian the Former Sorcerer ( please feel free to ask, it's one heck of a tale), and I've been Orthdox for almost 9 years now. I was baptised into an OCA parish, have since moved to a ROCOR parish. ( Another fun story...) If you wish to know anything else about me, feel free to ask, I certainly ain't shy!

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 02:21 PM

Hi there, my name is James, my patron is St. Cyprian the Former Sorcerer ( please feel free to ask, it's one heck of a tale), and I've been Orthdox for almost 9 years now. I was baptised into an OCA parish, have since moved to a ROCOR parish. ( Another fun story...) If you wish to know anything else about me, feel free to ask, I certainly ain't shy!

Hi James, Until I read your introduction i did not understand that OCA and ROCOR, were different (forgive my ignorance,).Youve pricked my interest ,I hope you dont mind me asking....Why did you change? Having just quickly looked up the basics on both,it sounds interesting.This page might not be the place , I am not sure...Maybe a new thread?? Praise be to God, Leah .

#9 Father David Moser

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 04:47 PM

Hi James, Until I read your introduction i did not understand that OCA and ROCOR, were different (forgive my ignorance,).Youve pricked my interest ,I hope you dont mind me asking....Why did you change? Having just quickly looked up the basics on both,it sounds interesting.This page might not be the place , I am not sure...Maybe a new thread?? Praise be to God, Leah .


Actually this is more of a personal conversation that should be held either via private message or in one of the "social groups" that you can start as an adjunct to your account here. The discussion on the main forum should be geared more toward objective observations of the different practices of the various national Churches. You will actually find the many aspects of that discussion in various parts of the forum. Search "ROCOR" or "OCA" and you should find a list of the threads that reference those two jurisdictions.

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#10 Elizabeth Warner

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:33 PM

As a new member I have been asked to introduce myself. So far I have been

unable to work out how to do this. Can anyone help with the technical side?

Elizabeth

#11 James B.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:33 PM

Good morning~I'm a seeker from an evangelical background. I've been to adult ed classes and fairly regular to Vespers at the local Antiochian parish. I've been studying the ancient church for several years, started with Catholic and was introduced to Orthodoxy (in 20 some years as a believer I'd never heard of you). I've read much-the usual intro books--and am currently reading through St Silouan the Athonite by Archimandrite Sophrony. I've listened to many hours of AFR podcasts, a particular favorite was on the subject of "Orthodoxy and Mysticism" by Hieromonk Irenei and here I am. I look forward to mostly reading and learning; I've little to contribute but much to learn and experience and do. Blessings to my TAW friends to whom I owe so much.

#12 Father David Moser

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:39 PM

As a new member I have been asked to introduce myself. So far I have been

unable to work out how to do this. Can anyone help with the technical side?

Elizabeth


Elizabeth - just reply to this post with a little introductory statement about yourself.

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#13 Elizabeth Warner

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

Thank you.
I am a university academic with a professional interest in (Russian) Orthodoxy. My background is in Russian studies. As an ethnographer I have conducted fieldwork in North Russia for many years and am currently writing about funeral ritual and beliefs in remote parts of Arkhangelsk province. From time to time I may have questions about Orthodox teachings in certain areas as the beliefs of the local population may differ substantially. I would be grateful for the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussion of them.
Elizabeth

#14 Julianna D.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:29 PM

Hi, everyone!

I've read a few of the threads here, but not as much as I might like. I've got 2 little girls and I'm trying to go back to school. So we'll see how active I'll end up being. :)

My husband and I converted to the Orthodox church a few years ago. He's an atheist now and his questions and all have helped me to see my faith differently. I was hoping that reading and posting with you all here might help me to deepen my understanding of the Christian perspective.

Looking forward to getting to know the community and all of you.

Julianna

#15 Dan McGhee

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 11:59 PM

Hello. The guidance for this introductory thread contains the words "brief introduction of yourself." If I am accepted in this community and participate according to my desires, many of you will see that I have a proclivity for "making short stories long." I will do my best not to do that here.

Although redundant if someone reads my information in this post, my name is Dan and I am a practicing Roman Catholic. In fact, I am a "cradle Catholic" and spent the first 17 years of my educational life in Catholic schools. Two of those years I spent in the seminary. My teen years were the 1960's during which two major events changed the shape of everything I believed and thought was "rock solid." These were the Viet Nam Conflict and the Vatican II Council. I have learned that it wasn't the council itself, but its implementation in this country that caused a major change away from the traditional liturgy and doctrine which I had come to love. At the same time, the events in Viet Nam set the social "apple cart" tumbling, and I was one of the many of my generation who became lost in the whirlwind of change.

Over the years, I have clung tenaciously to the practice of Catholicism, not as a result of adherence to what I call the "Bureaucracy of the Church," but because of the Eucharist and its Celebration. As I approached retirement, I began much more earnestly than ever before to study Sacred Scripture, the traditions of the Church and theological writings. Most recently I've been studying the book "Jesus of Nazareth" by Pope Benedict XVI. He wrote this as a theologian and scripture scholar and not as pope, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know Jesus. But I digress. In reading the references in this book and in my "Ignatius Catholic Study Bible," I found in "The Catechism of the Catholic Church" references to and excerpts from the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church. This got me interested as I learned the meaning of words like Troparion and discovered "The Theotokos."

Orthodox liturgy seems, from my point of view, to have the mystery and reverence that I think is lost in the Catholic Church in the United States and I wanted to participate in it--fully. The closest orthodox church is 50 miles from me and I have not yet talked to anyone, but I have the sense that there exists enough "difference" that I would be denied participation in that sacrament. However, as I read more about orthodoxy, including many posts in this forum, I see differences only in words and not beliefs. It is this area I would like to explore in this community.

I have a reservation though. The "Community Handbook," and I will paraphrase, indicates that "comparative religion" is NOT the purpose of this community. I want to explore what I call the "non-differences" with a group who knows orthodoxy and I also don't want to violate the purpose or guidance of this group. For example, I ran across something that indicated an objection to the Roman Catholic Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. In researching this I discovered that the doctrine of orthodoxy regarding Mary the Mother of God, Theotokos, is exactly what I believe and what I got taught in grade school. It is these things I would like to discuss, in addition to why there is still a split between East and West.

God Bless You All,
Dan

Edited by Dan McGhee, 22 January 2012 - 12:27 AM.
I forgot to "close" it.


#16 Beckett

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:29 AM

Hi everyone I just wanted to say hi since I'm new here.

I have been a reformed protestant (of the Calvinist type) all of my life. My theology of the last 10 years has developed a great deal as I opened myself up to a slightly boarder tradition - still within the reformed tradition however.

I've been under the teaching of some of the most respected Biblical theologians in the protestant tradition. One of them is greatly respected among the Orthodox and Catholics and has, himself, learned a lot from the Orthodox tradition. (No names) In short, much of their teaching has led me to a greater appreciation for the historical (especially early) Church.

I'm here because I've been attracted to Orthodoxy for several years, and have been looking into it very seriously. I was expecting that I might convert to Orthodoxy until I started reading the documents of the Ecumenical Patriarch Batholomew in which I find rather problematic statements. I realize that the Patriarch is not authoritative/inerrant, but I must admit to being rather scandalized by his statements. I admit also to being very distraught with the realization that his rhetoric is likely representative of modern Orthodoxy.

But I'm not here to oppose the Patriarch, I'm here to ask questions regarding what I see as an apparent contradiction between traditional Orthodoxy and the Orthodoxy of the last 100 years, or so.

Hopeful I will find gain some clarity on this issue. Hopefully I'm just missing something.

With that being said, I'd love to hear from anyone who is a "traditional" or "old calendar" Orthodox. I just have a lot of questions that will hopefully bring clarity for me.

Thank you all.

#17 Paul Cowan

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:40 AM

Hello. The guidance for this introductory thread contains the words "brief introduction of yourself." If I am accepted in this community and participate according to my desires, many of you will see that I have a proclivity for "making short stories long." I will do my best not to do that here.


oops, looks like you are still proclivitive. (Just poking fun Dan) Welcome to Monachos. The only ones who are banned are those that continuosly violate the rules or are abusive. I bet you will be ok here.

Please make use of the search feature as many of the questions you are wanting to explore are there. But of course feel free to continue discussions already in progress or start new threads.

Paul

#18 Dan McGhee

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:02 AM

@ Paul Cowan. I wish I were as well versed in BB code as you seem to be, then I could make a fancy quote that began "Originally posted by Paul Cowan...." But, alas!

I love poking fun, Paul, thanks.

Dan

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:54 PM

click the "reply with quotation" text on the bottom right of someones post and you too will be "well versed". :)

#20 Jessie McLean

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 04:26 AM

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Greetings in the Lord my blessed brothers and sisters! My name is Jessie McLean and am a catechumen of the Orthodox Church. I reside in the Niagara Region and am 24 years of age. I lived for a couple of years in Scarborough, On. where I attended St. Nicholas Church mainly. I am a 'heinz 57' if you must; mixed Scottish, Spanish and Native on my fathers' side, and Irish and Scottish on my mothers' side. I was raised in quite a liberal setting, with little to no spiritual foundation. Basically the 'live life while you're young' mentality. Of course there was guidance and care for me throughout my life physically, and some emotionally, but the edification of my soul was non-existent and never contemplated. Let me add that I love my parents very much. They have taught me essential lessons for day to day living and have supported me in all the things that I have wanted to do in life, but the manditory sustenance for the soul was not in place. Such is the innumerable instances throughout the history of man. Once in grade school the topic came up of the belief systems in our life and at home. I didn't have a response. I actually found the topic quite weird. That evening I asked my mother and she said that we were Protestant, though I had never known to enter a building to serve God, and had only entered a church for a wedding and maybe a funeral.

I was introduced to the True Church through two Greek brothers, Polychronis and Nektarios, whom Polychronis is the same age as I, and Nektar the elder. Our relationship started through our sharing in the love for music, and through school - in which i attended with Polychronis. Our relationship with each other and ourselves started to develop differently, as we as a group and as individuals started 'waking up', so to speak (on different levels of course considering we all have our personal levels of healing that need to occur). During my latter high school years and moving into my early 20's our music was growing into more of a cause. These ideological causes included an 'informative revolutionary' aspect to it; (trying to expose conspiracies, new world order, symbolism, exposing antichrist, combining heretical theories etc.) Mind you the path which I was on at this point, as you can see, was still very confused and stained and I had yet to step into the Church to congregate with the Militant, to witness the Divine Mysteries, and moreover, had yet to speak with a spiritual father or visit a monastery for that matter; (which I count as one of the main contributors to my small degree of endurance). Thank God for His enlightenment and mercy on me, who was in such a dark place, and didn't even know it. Truly a miracle in its own, in which I am not thankful enough for, when the Good Lord, who can do any and all things, brings a useless wretch like me from such madness and chaos.

Polychronis and Nektarios, whom I mentioned earlier, my dear brothers in Christ, being Greek, were and are traditionally Greek Orthodox Christians. It is hard to say exactly in an essence of time when the transforming began for me. All i know is that whilst the brothers were reintroduced through their experiences to the traditional faith, i was inspired and guided in His mysterious and loving ways to where I am today. Glory to God for His mercy and everlasting patience

Instead of making haste, through my despondent and lazy ways - going on 5/6 years - i am yet to be baptized. The Lord though, in His love, and through His Divine providence has shown me myriad occasions to return from my ways and through various falling and getting back up He has inspired me more than ever to keep striving for that beautiful and most blessed day of my baptism, and primarily for that most glorious and wondrous day of my repose.

I'm interested in the ascetic life, the lives of the saints, Church dogma and theology, languages, commentaries on Sacred Scripture and the archive of patristic writings from the Holy fathers etc. All in all, life interests me, and its potential and true meaning through Christ. May we all rejoice in heaven one day.

I do apologize for the lengthy introduction. All thanks to God for granting us such beautiful communities in which we can be a part of. You have all made His servant feel so very welcome. Pray to God for me my brothers and sisters, for I am weak and in need of strengthening. May our relationships grow and abide forever.


your lowly brother, now and always,



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