Introductions from 2004 and earliernew members
Posted 19 December 2003 - 05:56 AM
Welcome to this place, hope you find all you are seeking within the Holy Orthodox Church. Please ignore us humans if we seem to be bad reflections of our Lord. Its the way we learn. We are all learning, and He is always teaching.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 05:53 PM
I remember hearing a lecture by Fr. Thomas Hopko where he said the following was good advice for the Orthodox:
Go to church, say your prayers, and remember God.
As I recall he said it was advice his mom had given her children. It seems simple, but it really hit home for me...doing those things is what makes all the other learning (reading/discussing, etc) make sense.
As for reading, I remember reading the Life of St. Sava as being particularly meaningful as an example of someone who followed the advice mentioned above.
Posted 27 February 2004 - 06:59 PM
Posted 28 February 2004 - 03:22 PM
Welcome! You'll find many fine people here willing to help you with your questions and offer support as you continue your lives as Orthodox Christians. One priest whom I consulted as I was becoming a Catechumen (we were received into the Church 3+ years ago) said to take my time, that it takes a few years to really understand that it takes years (!) for converts to understand what being Orthodox has done and will do in their lives. My own priest reinforced that idea, and I have found it to be true.
Much richness lies before you!
I'll keep you in my prayers -
Posted 06 March 2004 - 08:31 AM
God bless you and welcome to Monachos. Mary, are you Justin's wife? If so, warmly greet him for me. Katie, God help and bless you on your path to salvation - at times that path can turn into quite a rough and bumpy road, but just hold on and be patient, and you will find that God will always send the help you need at just the right time. Whatever happens to us He allows, for it is always to the good. And, be assured of our prayers and willingness to help in our small way.
Have a good Great Lent-you and Mary.
Posted 06 March 2004 - 06:09 PM
Posted 07 March 2004 - 12:09 PM
Dear Katie, +May the LORD grant that you grow in holiness and Godliness daily! My only advice would be, BE PATIENT with yourself and set aside time DAILY to pray. Remember that everything in the Church of Christ is there to bring us closer to Him and therefore to be used as tools to deepen our relationship with the Lord Jesus. May you become a great Saint!
In Him Who calls us,
+Father Archimandrite Gregory, who asks for your holy prayers!
Posted 07 March 2004 - 08:35 PM
God bless you and your efforts-
Posted 08 March 2004 - 02:33 PM
Posted 09 March 2004 - 03:50 PM
Yes, I'm his wife I'll pass on to him that you said hello to him. Thankyou to all who welcomed me, and also, hi Katie Janice Chadwick, your name looks very familiar...I can't figure where I might have seen you at before though. And also Katie, I have to agree with the others on this thread as well about the reading and other various things, and if you notice you're having problems, don't hesitate to talk to your priest as well, he can't help you if he doesn't know that you need help Priests are like Doctors in that way, just like if you don't tell the Doctor all that is wrong with you so he can give a proper diagnosis and prescribe something that would fit the illness, that's just how it is with a priest Forgive my rambling
Posted 09 March 2004 - 04:55 PM
Posted 27 June 2003 - 04:45 PM
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Posted 27 June 2003 - 05:13 PM
Welcome to Orthodoxy!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know if you have read my personal file but I was born and raised Orthodox for some of my childhood. Although in my teens I did grow away from my faith, the Lord made me realize my true path when He saw fit. Now I am home again.
Orthodoxy is a beautiful faith. One that begins and flows from our hearts... the point of love.
The true way to grow in the faith is to work on your relationship with God through the gift that He has bestowed upon us...The Bible.
Watch the calendar and read the Sunday verses ahead of time. Then listen very carefully to your parish priest and what he says about them; then ask questions. Don't let any scripture pass without understanding it. Eventually your knowlegde will guide and shape you as Our Lord wants.
In my parish here in Lebanon our priest meets with us (the parish women) every 2 weeks. He helps us mold ourselves and strengthen our faith together.
I offer myself to you for any time you need. You can click on my name in blue to open my profile.
God Bless. Be diligent.
In Our Lord's Name,
An unworththy servant,
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