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Admission to the Catechumenate - Robin Westwood - 28-02-2007 08:12 PM
Please pray for me as I am admitted to the Catechumenate of the British Orthodox Church, in Bournemouth on Sunday 4th March 2007, by Fr. Simon at 1000hrs.
'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on me a sinner'
God Bless & Thanks,
Prayers - John Charmley - 28-02-2007 10:13 PM
Congratulations; you are in my prayers - and in the best possible hands. May your catechumenate be all that you need and want it to be - and, if my own recent experience is anything to go by, it will be even more.
The peace and the joy keep deepening. May He be with you and hold you,
- Robin Westwood - 01-03-2007 05:48 PM
Many, many thanks for those kind words, I think you know how I am feeling as you have recently travelled on the same journey to.
Prayer - John Charmley - 01-03-2007 09:49 PM
I do indeed know; and I can say that although the journey will at times seem hard, the joy at the end of it is out of all proportion to any pains.
It is a blessed time. In my 'reflections' here (in the conversations thread) I tried to outline some of the things I went through; it might be interesting to compare experiences after a while, as it may be that you views would help others here.
You are in my prayers.
- admin - 02-03-2007 02:14 PM
Indeed many prayers for your entrance into the catechumenate.
I am sure that there are many people praying for you as you take this next step in your pilgrimage. I hope that it will be a time of blessing for you.
Prayers - Mark Fletcher - 06-03-2007 10:21 PM
Prayers taken from 'Praying with the Orthodox Tradition', Foreword by Kallistos Ware, Compiled by Stefano Parenti, Translated by Paula Clifford, St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, ISBN: 0-88141-156-6; ISBN 978-0-88141-156-0; printed in USA, 1996, 76 page paperback, price: ?6.99. Taken from pages 11, 33, 64 and 65.
Quote:O God, You see and know all things, even before they have their being: You do not desire the death of sinners but rather that they may turn to You and live; so look down from Your heavenly dwelling on Your servants these Catechumens: open their ears and hearts to receive and understand the mystery of Your Only-Begotten Son Who is our God; give them new birth through water and the spirit for Your eternal Kingdom. That with us they too may glorify Your Name, which is to be honoured and exalted, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever, to the ages of ages. Amen.