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Saturday, April 16, 2005

The next step

I have had this blog now for nearly two months. I know that this isn't a long time, but still, during this time, I have learnt so very much on here, and from individuals who have contacted me via e-mail and shared so much of their lives and faith with me. I am very grateful.

This, combined with my reading of various Orthodox websites from the different jurisdictions and across the globe, and much prayer, and a conversation with my parish priest, has led me to where I now am, which is at the point of being ready to approach an Orthodox priest to discuss this further.

I actually e-mailed him over a month ago, but various things in life over the past few weeks have taken precedence in my consciousness. Now that things are falling back together rather than apart, my focus has once again shifted back to this.

Therefore, I shall be meeting with a priest of ROCOR in about two weeks' time to have an informal chat about all of this. I know what some of the issues are surrounding ROCOR and communion with some of the other jurisdictions. I also know that there are hopeful moves towards overcoming these obstacles. All of that aside, of the three Orthodox priests who have either contacted me without prompt or warmly responded to my questions online, both here and elsewhere, two of them were from ROCOR and have been very warm and informative.

Also, of the four Orthodox churches relatively nearby that have most, if not all, of their services in English, three of them are ROCOR. Even with my plans to move to another city over the next few months, this will still be the case, so I think that this is the best way in for me for the timebeing.

I am very grateful for all of your contributions so far, and I shall certainly continue to share here what I feel I can.

I ask for your continued prayers. Watch this space.


Anonymous said...

Good on ya, Michael--pray and persevere!

Leetle M.

Aristibule said...

Great! And sure, will add you to our prayers, and pray for me as well (and my wife, kids, etc. - I'm sneaky that way, I need all the prayer I can get!)

Good pic too! Nice to put a face with the name.

Ian said...

My prayers are with you.

May God bless your journey.

Michael said...

Thank you, all of you.

Of course I shall hold you and yours in prayer, Aristibule.

Many tahnsk again for all of your encouragement and patience with all of my questions.

Merseymike said...

Very interesting....must be honest and say that orthodoxy doesn't particularly appeal to me, but whatever floats your boat. I'm thinking of spending a few weeks back at Quaker meeting. 'orthodox' Christianity hasn't made much sense to me for a long time now, (thats small 'o') and the Anglican Church is something of an irritant at times.