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"The Lord said, ‘If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
On this Forgiveness Sunday, and in preparation for Great Lent beginning tomorrow, I ask forgiveness from any of you whom I have sinned against or offended in thought, word, or deed, and wish you all a blessed Lenten season.
So it’s my birthday
I’m officially 25 (well, I will be at 6:20-ishPM)
Okay, I guess that’s not totally true. I AM in Grad School and have a part time job.
But on an even BETTER note, I’m currently at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA for the Orthodox Camp & Youth Workers’ Conference! That means I’m spending my birthday with some great friends…
AND Fr. Leasure is bringing one of the Myrrh-Streaming Icons of the Theotokos.
OH. AND LITURGY IN THE MORNING.
I get to spend my birthday with Will, Fr. Stephen, Fr. Miles, some Greeks, and lots of other awesome people.
I am SUPER PUMPED.
I’m usually not one to get excited about my birthday, but I am this year.
Bring it on 25.
To all of my fellow Orthodox Christians who are celebrating the Nativity today according to the Julian Calendar!
I hope you all have a Blessed Day and that you stay warm :)
Christ is born! Christos Razdajetsja!!
So I started writing and it turned into a diatribe about different things, but it ended up finding a muddly focus on the idea of being a PK (Priest’s Kid).
There’s this subset of us who function like normal human beings. We’re decently well adjusted, though none of us are perfect, which is an obvious assumption.
But I need some help.
I’m going to tell you about me.
My name is Rachel. I’m 24 years old and from Elizabeth, NJ. I’m currently a Graduate Student in Speech-Language Pathology at Montclair State University. My Father is a priest. One of my friends is currently awaiting orders for his ordination to the Diocanate and then Priesthood. I know a few young couples who are priests & panis already. I have friends in seminary. (In different seminaries I should note…) I also worked at my diocesan summer camp for 6 summer, so I got to know a lot of the teen population of our diocese)
And I want you to ask me as many questions as you want.
Ask me things you’re seriously curious about whether is has to do with my family structure, Ask me why my father is allowed to be married and continue to serve, but a Roman Catholic priest is not allowed to do the same thing. Ask me how many times I’ve told people I’m Orthodox and they respond with “You’re Jewish?!?!”
(The answer is always no, but the way it’s said is enough to make you shake your head and wonder what would have happened if the answer was “yes”)
We, the participants in Orthodox Christian Worship have fallen to the wayside far too easily. And I’m not okay with that. When I go to conferences, I want people to be able to recognize me as someone they’ve met before, but more than that, hopefully they’ll know where the diocese I represent is located.
So this is my first attempt at giving you that opportunity. In no way, shape, or form do I think I have all of the answers you’re looking for. But I have resources. I still live in the house where i grew up, giving me access to a priest. And countless other priests that I’ve worked with over the years who won’t hesitate to lend a helping hand if I need it.
Maybe through this, you can get some questions answered I’m on Winter Break From School, so while I’ll still be working, I’ll have a good amount of time to answer any questions you have about the church, your personal life, your opinions, situations, , how to deal with that annoying guy that won’t seem to leave you be, even though you’ve done everything short of yell “LEAVE ME BE” in his face.
I am an Orthodox Christian.
I am also human.
I make mistakes and sometimes the views I have aren’t 100% in line with what the church preaches. However, I think it’s the most important thing to establish an open line of communication. Especially for those of us who don’t quite totally feel like they belong somewhere.
So throw some questions out there. Anon or not and I will do my best to answer them. I want to emphasize that this isn’t going to be a place to hate on other people. This is gonna be a place to talk about what we don’t understand
Feel free to ask me anything. It will probably make me question many things about my existence and beliefs and ideologies, but I feel that this is not enough places on the internet that just wants to hold an open discussion when it comes to the Orthodox Church. And you don’t even have to be Orthodox to ask a question. You can ask questions about other faith systems, but know tat I will not have an extensive knowledge base to speak of them from. I will do my best to do my research though.
And in ALL of this, there are no restrictions on the questions. We are all people. We are all made of love (except for Metatron, that guy is messed up)
x Hope to hear from you soon!
And if it all falls to crap and nothing comes of this, well then I saw a need, and I tried to fill it. Even that would feel better than it never having happened.
How should one pray?
Abba Macarius was asked, ‘How should one pray?’ The old man said, ‘There is no need at all to make long discourses, it is enough to stretch out one’s hands and say, “Lord, as You will, and as You know, have mercy.” And if the conflict grows fiercer say, “Lord, help!” He knows very well what we need and He shows us His mercy.’
- Sayings of the Dessert Fathers by Benedicta Ward
I’m done with 2013.
More than I can say.
This morning my sister called with the news that two family friends (a priest & his wife) were injured in a head on collision last night in Pittsburgh.
Thank God they are both alive and will be okay. Between them there was a concussion and multiple broken ribs. The driver of the other car is in far worse condition. It’s still unclear exactly what happened.
I’m just really not coping well with the trials and tribulations of life right now, and need a break from it. Though I know that means that it’ll come more steadily.
Please keep me in your prayers.
I want to go to the OCF College Conference at Antiochian Village…
…but that means asking for December 28-31 off from work.
My diocesan Bishop said this to me at the end of camp this summer.
It was probably the best moment of my life.
I’m having a really difficult time dealing with today.
I wasn’t able to sleep at all last night, so I ended up cleaning my room and finishing the unpacking process from camp.
Then I proceeded to have breakfast at around 6:30 AM and flip on the news.
It was a bad decision. There’s a reason that I don’t usually watch the news. Every negative story just breaks my heart. I will admit to not being the most informed about political issues, and I find it really difficult to trust news sources about things because everyone has a bias and a skewed view.
So I’ve spent the whole day just in a world of hurt. My soul aches. I’m just so upset about everything. And I’m mopey and it doesn’t help that I’m sleep deprived.
I’m just one of those people that has a difficult time stomaching the cruelty and injustice in the world. I’m also one of those people who wishes they could jump into action and fix things, but I don’t know how.
So yeah, I’m just about done with today and wish that I could understand what’s going on in the world better and that the media didn’t control so much of how people perceive different issues. I want to form my own opinion, but I find that difficult because I know of no place where I can just be presented with facts.
I guess that all I can do is pray.
My friend did mission work in Albania earlier this summer and we’re now having an interesting discussion about the dynamics of the socialization of the kids he worked with (he worked at a camp).
Including how they’re raised to value (or devalue) themselves and the kinds of lives they’re optioned with.
Including “A single, self-supporting female was virtually unrealistic in Albania, I was told.”
The whole conversation is more heartbreaking than I can express.
(This is not a sweeping generalization, just a summation of a friend’s personal experience)
Please keep me, Rachel, in your prayers.
I’m struggling right now with personal issues and with faith. I have spoken to people who are helping to guide me through this troublesome time, but there’s no such thing as too much prayer.
I know I’ve even quite inactive on here lately. It’s because I’m at camp and the Internet - let alone tumblr - isn’t the easiest thing to find time & access for. Camp is a beneficial place for me to be right now, but also makes some things a bit more complicated & difficult.
Either way, I know that God will guide my heart, mind, & footsteps in the path that they should go.
I would greatly appreciate any of you remembering my name in your prayers.
A priest in my diocese, (Fr. Kenneth Ellis) told me that he met a girl I talk to online. So I’m just assuming that it’s from Tumblr.
I’m horrible at knowing where my followers are from, but who was iiiiiiit? I think it’s super cool when I know people in real life that my Tumblr friends know. I have an inkling, but I don’t want to send someone a message and have them be like “Um, no. I live in Michigan.” or something like that hah.
So send me a message and let me know who you are! <3
Taken from OrthodoxProbs
1) How long have you been Orthodox?
2) What “kind” of Orthodox are you? (ex: Greek, Russian, Antiochian, etc)
3) What’s your favorite service?
4) What’s the hardest thing for you about being Orthodox?
5) How big is your parish?
6) What’s your favorite lenten food?
7) Every been to church camp?
8) What in Orthodoxy makes you happiest?
9) Describe the best retreat/church camp/conference you’ve been to
10) If you’re not married, would you marry someone who’s not Orthodox? If you are married, is your spouse Orthodox?
11) Patron Saint?
12) Are you a convert? If so, why did you decide to convert?
13) Where you live, roughly how many people are Orthodox?
14) Are you close to your godparents?
15) Favorite service in Holy Week?
16) Favorite part of Pascha?
17) Favorite feast day?
18) Best thing about Orthodoxy?
19) What’s a good story that has something to do with church?
Eternal Memory + Fr Michael Rosco!
Early this morning, Fr. Michael Rosco passed into eternal life after complications from a car accident on Friday afternoon.
There is very little information available right now, but I want to thank all of you who kept Fr. Michael in your thoughts and prayers these past few days.
Please continue to think of Pani Susan, Vlad, and their family as they go through this trying time.