Sunday, May 20, 2007

Catechumen

As of today I am an official catechumen in the Orthodox church! Yesterday at catechism class Father was answering someone's question and mentioned something about an "official" catechumen. Of course, my first question was "what makes it official?". I thought that if you just came to catechism class you were automatically a catechumen. He explained the process, which is really pretty simple, and then said I could do it whenever I was ready. I think he was surprised that I immediately said "I'm ready"!
So this morning at the end of Divine Liturgy, Father and I stood at the back of the church (the entrance) and he prayed a brief prayer from the service book. I couldn't repeat any of it now but it was so personal and so moving that I almost cried. I've spent the last year trying to figure out where I belonged. No, that's wrong....I've spent the last 50 years trying to figure out where I belong.
There is such wonderful peace in knowing that I am finally home!

6 comments:

Meg said...

Congratulations! You've just taken the first step on a long journey, and the best possible advice I can give is, "Hold onto your hat!" It can be a pretty wild ride from here on out, but the joy is indescribable.

Nancy said...

Yes, I've been warned that the opposition can get intense. Pray for me!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I was chrismated on Holy Saturday and though my catechumenate was quite rocky at times, I've never regretted my decision to break with the RC Church.

I always found Father Stephen's blog very helpful.

http://fatherstephen.wordpress.com/2007/03/13/pray-for-catechumens/

DebD said...

congratulations Nancy! This is a good first step and I know exactly what you mean about belonging. Its a very comforting feeling.

Margi (juliansdaughter) said...

I am so glad for you!

Karen said...

Congratulations, Nancy!

I haven't popped over lately because I've been very busy, but I'm going to try to do so more often. :-)