forgive me if this post is a little long. I think it prudent to introduce myself and explain where I am at before I get to the question.
I was catholic than started having a lot of issues with the church and left it for a while. Than I got engaged and really started thinking about the Church again. I knew I did not want to return to the Catholic church so I started to do some research and came across Greek Orthodox. It was beautiful. The church was amazing, the liturgy beautiful. The only problem is the priest really did not make himself available to newbies. Never reached out to bring us in. I got a job in a different city and started to attend a wonderful Jerusalem orthodox church. It was all in arabic. Could not understand a like of it. I am German american, whiter than wonder bread. The thing was the priest there was amazing. He started giving us one and on one classes. All available. Than I got laid off there and had to move back to my home town for work. I tried to return to the catholic church but it was just wrong. Than a Lutheran friend of mine invited me to go to a Lutheran church. All was fine tell I had more time to start going to bible studies. That when issues started arriving. As we read the bible and the Pastor would explain it my mind would jump at some of the conclusions being made. It just felt illogical and at times trying to twist rather clear passages.
So this led me running back to read the church fathers and a lot of prayer. I am not in a position to leave my church right now. Oddly enough we got a big wedding happening there in may and we can not change the venue. Kinda too close to the date to have a major crisis with the Lutheran church.
So I wanted to run my plan by this group. I want to attend vespars at my local coptic church(only an hour drive away). Than after the wedding start attending the Divine Liturgy there.
SO first question does that sound like a sane plan
Secound part of my question for any western converts how hard was it for you to convert. Did you feel out place there? Was the culture/language barrier hard to break. Also what is the process of conversion. Rebaptism? I was baptized catholic and soon to be wife was baptized lutheran. Well we have to remarry or just get our marriage blessed. Is there anything that some one thinking about converting should know. Anything you want to share about your experience?
Sadly getting married in the coptic church is not posible. My fiancee and her family have put a lot of effort into the wedding and it would be too hard to change venue. Plus she would skin me if i even suggested it. She would love to go back to a orthodox church when it is over. She has the same issues when she is told she has new free will and other topics.
You see, I was not raised to believe in anything and therefore had no choice but to rely on my own self. 20 some years later I felt I did not give religion a fair shake and so I said "If there is a God, lead me to you no matter what." I essentially dedicated myself to truth and accepting it no matter what the cost, in spite of my own weak self. Converting is difficult for most but if you deny yourself and accept that which is true no matter what, you will be just fine.
Than the Priest came in and tapped me on the shoulder and pointed towards the front. So I lost my comfy seat safely in the back and had to move into the danger of the front.
well about the fourth seat back.
So it started. I was instantly drown in. The Arabic chants are so lively So up lifting. It instantly filled me with joy and brought my thoughts to god. Some one handed me a translation that was in english. The problem when you get a translation half through is you have no idea where you are. The gentlemen behind reached over my shoulder and started fliping through my book. Than he pointed to where we where. That helped a bunch.
It was done with. people where hugging, breaking off into groups. Conversations started. I shock my foot to get circulation back into my toes. Bowed and stepped out.
Praise to god.
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Also rony thanks for sharing about your thoughts and love for your church. Great hymn.
Never joined. Now going through a divorce and bankruptcy so my life is in ruins. My faith really is in tatters.
We could not get through a ethnic barrier. We started to feel like tourists so we stopped going. It was hard to always be the one standing out in the crowd. Are faith has suffered a lot as we've been to about 4 other churches in the last year. I read a lot more on the oriental theology. I can honestly say it is the only christology that makes sense. I am going to try to make a push to show up just at vespars and try to slowly get past the that barrier.