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I decided to restart this thread with a question -- Anyone who wishes may answer and ask another question.

How did you meet your husband or significant other?

(My husband got in line in back of me at a church potluck dinner -- interestingly enough, he wasn't a Christian at the time, but we started dating anyway -- I didn't feel like I could tell him "No" on the basis that he wasn't a Christian when I had met him at church! But he was searching and converted several months later. About 3 years later we got married -- we'll be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary in October this year -- Thanks be to God!)

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I had the same reaction to The Secret, as well as the follow up book, The New Earth. Didn't strike me as compatible with Christianity.

"Anyone who tries to describe the ineffable Light in language is truly a liar - not because he hates the truth, but because of the inadequacy of his description." - St Gregory of Nyssa, 4th c.

A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison.
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Sorry -- I didn't answer your question. Actually -- I got so excited that you were reading Pilgrim's Progress that I forgot to read to the end of your reply. No, I have not read "The Secret," and I was kind of put off by the ads. It didn't seem right to me or compatible with Jesus' request that we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. But that was my initial impression and I never did read the book. Maybe I'm not giving it a fair chance. Anyone else care to comment on "The Secret?"
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Sorry I couldn't answer right away -- I've been having internet trouble.

Pilgrim's Progress?!! I never expected that answer! I grew up on that book! My dad loved it and he had flannelgraph figures and a felt board and told the story, chapter by chapter, to the Sunday School. I read it to my kids, and when I was leading a 3rd - 5th grade youth group at my old church, I went through the story with them! It's a great story and written at a time of old-fashioned Protestantism when living a holy life mattered. (Now that I'm Orthodox, though, I don't think I see anything about the sacraments -- baptism and eucharist -- nor is there anything about the virgin Mary as an influence in our lives.) Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory, and a very good one for what it is. I do wonder though, how it would have been different if it had been written by an Orthodox Christian.

There are quite a few different translations -- I hope you got one that's easy to understand. If you are up to page 40, have you passed the Hill of Difficulty and have you arrived at House Beautiful yet?

The two books I am reading now are *The Serotonin Power Diet* by Judith J. Wurtman, and Nina Frusztajer Marquis, (It lets me have high carb snacks!) and *The Illumined Heart* by Frederica Matthewes Green, which takes a fictitious Christian couple from about the 5th century, and explains their view of Christianity from within their culture and contrasts it with ours. It is very interesting and giving me a lot to think about.

If anyone else wants to join this conversation, what book are you reading? Amber, how far are you in to Pilgrim's Progress? Any thoughts you want to share? Any questions?

God bless you.
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I am reading John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
Easier than I thought it would be, but still will be checkingout cliff notes to make sure I am understanding it right. Only 40 pages in... I recently finished The Secret...

Are you reading a book now?

My question...
Have you read/seen The Secret? I am/was trying to understand it as an Orthodox Christian, do you have any thoughts?

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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We have a dog (Black Lab/Great Dane mix)and three cats. Believe me, its a constant battle keeping up with the hair.
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DH really wanted a dog after our other dog died and we ended up getting one rather quickly (I would have preferred to wait), but he is my exercise buddy, and I probably would not get much exercise without him. We got our first cat when we were having a mouse problem. Much later we got the other two out of pity -- one from some newly married friends from church who had to get rid of theirs because it turned out the new husband was highly allergic, and the other because it belonged to my daughter's roommate who moved out, then when my daughter got married, her husband had 2 cats, and they didn't think they could manage 3 cats in a Chicago apartment. So we ended up with 3 cats instead!

Next question -- Are you reading a book now? Which one? If not, what book would you like to read next when you have time?

Anyone may answer and then ask another question!

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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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we used to have a dog that was my husbands before we met. He promised to vacuum and clean up afterit, walk it regularly etc. It was his dog, a good dog, but his and I told him I did not want to take care of it. Well, his took care of everything except cleaning up after it and I ended up vacuum its hair etc. Well it passed on, and I like my house clean and know my husband better. Soooo no pets for us. Despite what my children and husband want. And I'm happy and when mommy is happy everyone is happy. lol

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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Question (for anyone to answer): Do you have any pets? What kind? What are their names?
If not, what kind of pet would you like to have? or are you totally against having animals in your home?
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Well, I'll answer this with a different passage than I would have thought! We just got our new Orthodox Study Bible (you can buy them through Conciliar Press: www.conciliarpress.com/ . ) This version of the Bible contains the Septuagint, which has Old Testament books I have never read. I am now reading in the book "Wisdom of Sirach" I quote from chapter 31:12-22

"Are you seated at table with a great man? Do not gluttonize, and do not say 'How much food there is upon your table!' Remember that a greedy eye is a vice. What has been created worse than the eye? Therefore it sheds tears on every face.

Do not stretch out your hand for everything you see, and do not crowd another at the dish. Understand the things of your neighbor by your own, and in every matter be considerate.

Eat what is set before you like a human being, and do not devour your food, lest you be despised. Be the first to stop eating for the sake of discipline, and do not be greedy, so as to cause offense. And if you are seated in a large group of people, do not reach out your hand before they do.

How small an amount is sufficient for a man with discipline! And he does not gasp for breath on his bed. Healthy sleep depends on moderate eating. And he rises early and in good spirits; but the distress of sleeplessness, nausea, and indigestion are with the glutton.

If you are stuffed with food, get up in the middle of the meal and stop eating. Listen to me, my child, and do not disregard me. And you will find my words to be important. In all your works be prepared, And no sickness will overtake you."
Wisdom of Sirach 31:12-22 (also known as the book of Ecclesiasticus meaning 'Church book')

Wow. That about says it all, doesn't it. I think I'm going to try to memorize this. Perhaps it will get into my spirit and help me stop eating too much!
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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Question:
Share one verse or passage in the Bible that is one of your favorites. Why is it a favorite, and what special meaning does it have for your life?

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Okay, let's get this thread moving again!! I'll answer the question and ask another.

One of my favorite saint stories is the story of Saint Eustathius (also know in the west as St. Eustace). What a marvelous story -- a Christian era "Job" He lost his wife and children but did not immediately try to find another wife. He just lived a faithful holy life. After many years, his sons found him, and then God brought his wife back to him. They died as martyrs together in Rome. Here's their story:
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Feast day, September 20
Greatmartyr Eustathius (Eustace) Placidas with his wife and children of Rome:

The Holy Great Martyr Eustathius was named Placidas before his Baptism. He was a military commander under the emperors Titus (79-81) and Trajan (98-117). Even before he came to know Christ, Placidas performed acts of charity, helping the poor and destitute. Therefore, the Lord did not leave the virtuous pagan remain in the darkness of idolatry.

Once while hunting in a forest, he saw a stag which would stop now and then to look him right in the eye. Placidas pursued it on horseback, but could not catch up. The stag leaped over a chasm and stood on the other side facing him. Placidas suddenly saw a radiant Cross between its antlers. In surprise the military commander heard a voice coming from the Cross saying, "Why do you pursue Me, Placidas?"

"Who are You, Master?" asked Placidas.The Voice replied, "I am Jesus Christ, Whom you do not know, yet you honor Me by your good deeds. I have appeared here on this creature for your sake, to capture you in the net of My love for mankind. It is not fitting that one as righteous as you should worship idols and not know the truth. It was to save mankind that I came into the world."

Placidas cried out, "Lord, I believe that You are the God of Heaven and earth, the Creator of all things. Master, teach me what I should do." Again the Lord replied, "Go to the bishop of your country and receive Baptism from him, and he will instruct you."

Placidas returned home and joyfully recounted everything to his wife Tatiana. She in turn told him how the evening before, in a mysterious dream, she had been told, "Tomorrow you, your husband and your sons shall come to Me and know that I am the true God. The spouses then proceeded to do as they had been bidden.

They hastened to the Christian bishop, who baptized all their family, and communed them with the Holy Mysteries. Placidas was renamed Eustathius, his wife was called Theopiste, and their children, Agapius and Theopistus.

On the following day, St Eustathius set out to the place of his miraculous conversion and in fervent prayer he offered up thanks to the Lord for having called him onto the path of salvation.

Again St Eustathius received a miraculous revelation. The Lord Himself foretold his impending tribulations: "Eustathius, you shall suffer many misfortunes, as did Job, but in the end you will conquer the devil."

Soon St Eustathius was plunged into misfortune: all his servants died of the plague and his cattle perished. Brought to ruin, but not despairing in spirit, St Eustathius and his family secretly abandoned their home, to live unknown, humble and in poverty.

They went to Egypt to board a ship sailing for Jerusalem. During the voyage a new woe beset the saint. The ship owner, enchanted by Theopiste's beauty, cruelly set Eustathius and his children ashore, keeping the wife for himself.

In great sorrow the saint continued on his way, and new woe beset him. Coming to a tempestuous river, he went to carry his two sons across in turn. When he had brought one across, the other was seized by a lion and carried off into the wilderness. As he turned back towards the other, a wolf dragged that child into the forest.

Having lost everything, St Eustathius wept bitterly, but he realized that Divine Providence had sent him these misfortunes to test his endurance and devotion to God. In his inconsolable grief, St Eustathius went on farther, prepared for new tribulations.

In the village of Badessos he found work and spent five years in unremitting toil. St Eustathius did not know then that through the mercy of God, shepherds and farmers had saved his sons, and they lived right near him. He also did not know that the impudent shipowner had been struck down with a terrible disease and died, leaving St Theopiste untouched. She lived in peace and freedom at the place where the ship landed.

During this time it had become difficult for the emperor Trajan to raise an army for Rome to deal with a rebellion, for the soldiers would not go into battle without their commander Placidas. They advised Trajan to send men out to all the cities to look for him.

Antiochus and Acacius, friends of Placidas, sought him in various places. Finally, they arrived in the village where St Eustathius lived. The soldiers found Eustathius, but they did not recognize him and they began to tell him of the one whom they sought, asking his help and promising a large reward. St Eustathius, immediately recognized his friends, but did not reveal his identity to them.

He borrowed money from one of his friends and fed the visitors. As they looked at him, the travellers noted that he resembled their former commander. When they saw a scar on his shoulder from a deep sword-wound, they realized that it was their friend there before them. They embraced him with tears and told him why they were seeking him.

St Eustathius returned to Rome with them and again became a general. Many new recruits were drafted into the army from all over the empire. He did not know that two young soldiers who served him, and whom he loved for their skill and daring, were actually his own sons. They did not know that they were serving under the command of their own father, nor that they were brothers by birth.

While on campaign, the army led by Eustathius halted at a certain settlement. The soldier-brothers were talking in their tent. The elder one spoke about his life, how he had lost his mother and brother, and how in a terrifying way he had been parted from his father. The younger brother then realized that before him was his very own brother, and told him how he had been rescued from the wolf.

A woman overheard the soldiers' conversation, since their tent was pitched right next to her house, and this woman realized that these were her sons. Still not identifying herself to them, but not wanting to be separated from them, she went to their commander, St Eustathius, to ask him to take her to Rome with him. She said she had been a prisoner, and wanted to go home. Then she came to recognize the commander as her husband, and with tears she told him about herself and about the two soldiers who were actually their sons. Thus, through the great mercy of the Lord, the whole family was happily reunited.

Soon thereafter the rebellion was crushed, and St Eustathius returned to Rome with honor and glory. The emperor Trajan had since died, and his successor Hadrian (117-138) wanted to celebrate the event of victory with a solemn offering of sacrifice to the gods. To the astonishment of everyone, St Eustathius did not show up at the pagan temple. By order of the emperor they searched frantically for him.

"Why don't you want to worship the gods?" the emperor inquired. "You, above all others, ought to offer thanks to them. They not only preserved you in war and granted you victory, but also they helped you find your wife and children." St Eustathius replied: "I am a Christian and I glorify and give thanks to Him, and I offer sacrifice to Him. I owe my life to Him. I do not know or believe in any other god than Him."

In a rage, the emperor ordered him to take off his military belt and brought him and his family before him. They did not succeed in persuading the steadfast confessors of Christ to offer sacrifice to idols. The whole family of St Eustathius was sentenced to be torn apart by wild beasts, but the beasts would not touch the holy martyrs.

Then the cruel emperor gave orders to throw them all alive into a red-hot brass bull, and St Eustathius, his wife Theopiste, and their sons Agapius and Theopistus endured a martyr's death. Before being placed in the bull, St Eustathius prayed, "Grant, O Lord, Thy grace to our relics, and grant to those who call upon us a place in Thy Kingdom. Though they call upon us when they are in danger on a river or on the sea, we entreat Thee to come to their aid."

Three days later, they opened the brass bull, and the bodies of the holy martyrs were found unscathed. Not one hair on their heads was singed, and their faces shone with an unearthly beauty. Many seeing this miracle came to believe in Christ. Christians then buried the bodies of the saints.

"Holy Great Martyrs Eustathius, Theopiste, Agapius, and Theopistus, pray for us!"

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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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I know of two Elizabeths -- there are probably more, though. There is Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, and then there is Elizabeth the new martyr -- she was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England. She married a Russian Duke and went to live in Russia. She converted to Orthodoxy and later, when her husband died, became a nun. She was eventually killed by the Bolsheviks.

My husband is Michael, so his saint is Michael the archangel. My son-in-law is Andrew -- his saint is Andrew the Apostle, although there are other Andrews.

Question:
Do you have a favorite saint or a favorite story about a saint? When I was Protestant, we didn't talk much about Christian heroes of the past. We didn't talk much about sin either -- the idea seemed to be that nobody is perfect, and God forgives sin, so just do your best. I think the stories of the saints really inspire us to holiness. They are the real heroes of the faith!
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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When my parents were expecting me, my mom wanted to name me Elizabeth Mary... my father wanted to name me Amber. When I was born and the doctor asked my name anad before my mom could answer my father said "Amber". My mom just liked the name... she named one of my brothers Nicholas Andrew (born after me) and another Joseph (the youngest) - after her father & meaning addition since he was born 10 years after me (his middle name is Walker which is my dad's, my dad's dad, and all my dad's brother's middle name... and Irish thing). My father did alot of 'research' for the name Amber and picked it for its meaning "precious stone". He also named Scott... I have to asked why he picked that. But I am sure you see a trend.. my mom picked Christian names and my dad did not...
Anyway I was baptised (as a baby as Greek Catholic.. which I am told is similar to Russian Orthodox) as Elizabeth Amber.
I should do some research about my baptismal name though.

I gave my older son Ethan Walker the Orthodox name Michael for the angel and Doug (my husband)'s middle name. And Reese Walker the Orthodox name Andrew after my brother who is his god father. (Do you see the Walker trend? They have my husband's last name... but I wanted them to have something of my father's so they have his middle name...

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Well – my favorite Bible character has always been Ruth! (Obviously!) Unfortunately, as usual when I answer these questions, this will be kind of long. I originally wrote this to a friend and still had it on my computer:

When my dad proposed to my mom, she had a feeling he was going to, so she memorized Ruth's words: "Whither thou goest, I will go..." So when Dad asked Mom to marry him, she answered in the words of Ruth. Dad had always been rather shy, and he was 38 when he finally found my mom and asked her to be his wife, and he expected her to say either yes or no. When she started spouting Bible verses, it took him a couple minutes to realize she was saying "Yes." Later, the reference Ruth 1:16 -17 was inscribed on the inside of his wedding band.

A couple of years later, I was born and I was named “Ruth – after the Ruth in the Bible,” my mom would tell me. So I ended up thinking about Ruth a lot. I have grown to love her and I have always intended to search heaven for her and have a long talk with her when I got there. My brother was named James – but he was named after my cousin who was killed in an airplane crash not the James in the Bible. But both my brother and I thought it was cool that there were books in the Bible that had our names. (Good thing too – or I would have teased my brother – Nyah, Nyah, My name is a book in the Bible and yours isn't! I was a rotten big sister until my brother got bigger and stronger than he and I couldn't beat him up any more. Then we became good friends!)

Anyway, over the years I have done a lot of thinking about Ruth. I was really impressed with how she just up and left her culture and her religion. After all she told Naomi, "Your God will be my God." I thought I would have NEVER been able to say that. Even from my Junior High School days I thought about that. I didn’t think I would ever be able to leave the Protestant church of my family – even if I found out it was wrong. Whenever I thought about Ruth's story, I thanked God that I was born into the "right" faith, that God knew I would never be able to make that kind of change, and my admiration for Ruth's courage and her desire for the one true God continued to increase.

Then I discovered Orthodoxy – or rather I should say, Orthodoxy discovered me – was it through the intercessions of Ruth that it happened? As I struggled with the thought of leaving my church, Ruth seemed to whisper to me "If I could do it, you can." And after all, isn't this what we expect of a Hindu, or a Moslem, or a member of any other faith who encounters Christ? Why should it be any different for me? Why should I consider myself "above" conversion? I am not even leaving Christianity – other people have much harder choices to make.

I continued to meditate on Ruth's life. She obviously kept her story alive because at the end of the book of Ruth, the genealogy of King David, her great grandson, is listed. The book wasn't even written down until after David was born and probably much later than that. She also handed down whatever was good from her Moabite culture to her children and grandchildren because much later in I Sam. 22: 3-4 we read that when David was fleeing from Saul, he took his parents to Moab where they would be safe. Why would they have been welcomed in Moab, if his father had not known about or had rejected his Moabite ancestry. So too, I can keep what is good about my Protestant heritage, and hand it down to my Children. Who knows, but maybe the my birth church may someday come home to Orthodoxy.

Also when she went to Israel with her mother-in-law, she knew her mother-in-law needed help, but she did not take charge and boss her around. She helped her by being obedient to her. I am coming to the Orthodox church with a lot of Protestant church experience, but I will not be expecting to introduce Protestant songs, or tell them how to run a Sunday School, or criticize Fr. P's preaching, or try to get them to do a Mexico mission trip just like the one I chaperoned. I have decided to accept the authority of the Orthodox church and put all of my knowledge and experience on hold. It is available for the use of St. Ignatius Church but only as appropriate, and I am open to being told to stop doing anything that is inappropriate. For now, I am willing to wait and learn what God wants me to do, before jumping into anything.

Ruth went through an "Inquiry period" as she decided to accompany her mother-in-law back to Israel. Although she was a stranger in a strange land, she did her best to quietly fit in. Then she was betrothed and married to Boaz. (Boaz, incidentally, was open to marrying a foreign-born woman, I think, because his mother was Rahab, the harlot.) This was a "Catechumen" type period for Ruth. Then because God is outside of time, when she conceived Obed, she became a part of the body of Christ. Literally! Some of her DNA was in Mary when Mary became the mother of our Lord, and so it was passed on to our Lord Jesus Christ.

I've come to believe that Ruth has been my patron saint since my birth and has already been interceding for me. I just never knew it until now, and never understood that I could have a real relationship with her before I got to heaven. I’m glad Old Testament people can be saints! I think Ruth has probably done more than anyone else to make me receptive to Orthodoxy when I unexpectedly discovered it.
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
~Ruth Ann
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Is it bad that i can not think of one? As i sit here at my laptop i canot think of one. who is yours?

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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My question: Not counting Jesus, who is your favorite Bible Character and why?
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What a good question! The problem is that while both Protestants and Orthodox use the same word, they mean something very different.

To many Protestants, communion is a meal where all are invited and Jesus is the host. At my old church, one of the invitations to communion began like this: “Come to this sacred table, not because you must, but because you may; come to testify not that you are righteous, but that you sincerely love our Lord Jesus Christ, and desire to be his true disciple…” It is a blessed meal of bread and wine or grape juice, that in most churches only REPRESENTS the body and blood of Christ but are not actually the body and blood.

In fact the Orthodox Church does hand out blessed bread that anyone may receive – the ‘Antidoran’ or blessed bread after the communion. I always take extra to hand to the non-Orthodox worshiping with us. When I was a catechuman, I always figured that that blessed bread was just as blessed as Protestant communion and roughly equivalent to it.

Orthodox communion, however, is truly the body and blood of Christ. The Holy Spirit descends on it and changes it – not that it ceases to be bread and wine – we don’t try to understand and define the change as the Roman Catholics do. We accept as a mystery that it is both bread and wine, and the body and blood of Christ. There are even reports of holy people, throughout history, who have been able to see the descent of the Holy Spirit on the bread and wine.

Even if Protestants say that it’s the body and blood, most don’t really mean it – look at how most treat the leftovers from communion: When I was Protestant we used grape juice that we poured into little cups. We used broken pieces of Matzoh for the bread. After communion, we poured the unused cups back into the grape juice bottle, and put the Matsoh pieces in a plastic bag in the Matsoh box. They weren’t anything special. But as Orthodox now I believe there really has been a change in the bread and wine. What remains must be consumed by the priest or a deacon, or returned to the earth, by being buried or poured out on the ground. It is holy. As a Protestant I never had a sense of holiness about the leftover communion bread and juice.

For the Orthodox, Holy Communion is the most intimate sacrament of the Church – the way we are physically united with Christ and each other as His Church. “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many are one bread and one body; for we all partake of the one bread (or loaf).” I Corinthians 10:16 & 17. It is receiving Holy Communion which unites us together into the body of Christ. How can we be united if we are unbaptized or if we have wildly differing doctrines or if we have unconfessed sin? First we make the commitment to the Church. We are accepted through Confession, Baptism, Chrismation. Finally, after fasting, we may approach the chalice.

So, for the Orthodox, the analogy is not a meal to which Christ invites us – I think that in Orthodoxy, the meal analogy fits more the nourishing liturgical worship of the church – No, the analogy that fits Orthodox Eucharist is marriage. We make a commitment to each other, we prepare ourselves to be husband and wife, “forsaking all others.” After our union is blessed by the Church in Holy Matrimony, then we may approach the marriage bed and be physically united. Receiving communion without being part of the Orthodox Church is like having sex without marriage.

(See also #6 in Frederica's essay: www.frederica.com/12-things/ )

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PS: Even Orthodox Christians, when traveling,need to contact the priest at a particular parish before receiving communion, so that he knows ahead of time who you are. In the pre-communion prayers, before Liturgy begins while the priest is preparing the bread to place in the chalice, he prays for everyone in his parish by name, and also for those who will receive communion who he knows are visiting. I want to be included in those prayers!

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(my husband is very reluctant about Orthodoxy and he says its because no one answers his questions regarding it... I don't that is entirely true I think he either believes I am not totally knowledgable or he just does not like my answers)
So here is one of his questions:
Why do you have to be an Orthodox Christian to receive communion? In the Methodist church everyone is welcomed weither they are baptised or not.

It was hard for me to phrase it a way I thought he could aunderstand so I said it was like joining his fratnernity... yo had to know the history the meaning of the 'rituals' and the people in the organization (in the Orthodox church the was past included) I told him it was meaningless to drink the wine and eat the bread if you were not prepared (something you learn when baptised or your godparents teach you while being raised) and it was also meaningless if you did not have the love and full understanding of the sacrifice involved.... (this leads to his other questions regarding the set up of the alter which I will save for later)

Anyone I thought that someone who came from a protestant church would be able to understand his perspective (he was very included in his church and needs direct examples from the bible to prove things... perhaps his Methodist upbringing?? I would not know...)

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1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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Well I waited awhile so someone else could jump in, but here I am again!!

Most difficult would be balance. Making sure I get all the nutrients, exercise (cardio & strengthtraining) as well as time with famaily... homeschooling two little boys AND doing it all on a budget... Well I did tell my husband that I don't need girls night outs, or spa treatments etc... just let me have me daily workouts and I'll take anything anyone can dish out.

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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My question: What do you find most difficult about living a healthy lifestyle?
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I have found the tracker and nutrition information the most helpful. Also I like Sparkrecipes.com (find it by clicking on "Healthy Lifestyle," on the bar at the top). Since I do a lot of cooking, and have modified many of the recipes that I use, I can enter in my recipe using the Recipe Calculator feature and from there I can send the nutritional amounts for one serving to my tracker. Because I like to use my own recipes, I've found it hard to stick to other diets. This is a BIG help.

I've found the food tracker helps most when I keep it public. If I keep it private, I just don't care anymore. Periodically, though, I go through a few days of food rebellion and don't write much down, and quit eating healthy. I'm feeling that way right now, and I need to get back on track.

Eventually, I may start using the exercise features but for now walking the dog is my exercise.
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I would like to hear other's responses so aI will repost the questions:
How are you doing with spark?

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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February will be one year. I like it. It has been a combo of seeing what I eat (and how it breaks down in to nutrients etc), and seeing how much calories I burn (using my heart rate monitor) that has made me successful. I now have a general good idea what a good range of calories are without tracking (I ski[tracking on weekends) and enjoy logging minutes aand calories as a challenge for myself.

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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Ok, I don't have the patience to read the whole thread, though I did skim through it. Ruth, I also have green eyes (or hazel maybe, but mostly green) and my favorite color is green, any shade, rich, bright, soft, subtle, loud, you name it.

My question: How long have you been using Sparkpeople, and how effective would you say it has been?

(Oops that's 2 questions!)

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My question: Do you have a favorite color? If so,what is it? Has it always been your favorite color? Is it a color you like to wear? Is there any food you make that uses that color?

My favorite color is green -- just about any shade except olive. I look good in green. My eyes are green. I have always liked green even when I was a little girl. One of my favorite dishes to bring to a potluck is a green and white veggie tray. I also like to make it on St. Patrick's day -- although now I have to make it with a tofu dip since St. Patrick's day seems to always be in Lent! I use (raw) celery, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, green pepper; with a white dip with green herbs in it. It's very pretty!

I won't be able to post now until Tuesday or Wednesday. My son is home to get the rest of his stuff (I also have to help him shop) and I have to drive him back to Chicago on Monday. Not sure exactly when I'll be home.

God bless you all!
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Yes, as to curriculum, I think Alpha-Omega would focus on Creationism as opposed to Darwinism, however, in the elementary grades, its my opinion that kids don't need to get into that controversy, and if you are teaching it, you don't need to get into it. It is enough to know that God created the world. We don't know for sure how he did it. The theory of evolution is one possible way he could have done it. If it was evolution, it was God-directed evolution. As the kids get older, make sure they know that evolution is a theory. It's very possible that a hundred years from now there will be a different theory.

The first chapter of Genesis in Hebrew is actually a Hebrew poem. Hebrew poetry has to do with repetition of ideas. I had a friend who taught Jewish school to kids, and she showed me some material for teaching Genesis. There was nothing in it about the Creation/Evolution controversy. Genesis 1 to 2:3 is all about the creation of the Sabbath!

The first 3 days seem to be the "background", the second 3 days "the actors." And then of course the final act when God rested from His work (and for us Christians, Saturday is when Jesus rested in the grave!)

Look:
Day 1 -- Light -- Day and Night
(Day 4 -- Sun and Stars)
Day 2 -- Sea and Sky
(Day 5 -- Fish and Birds)
Day 3 -- Two acts of creation: Dry land & plants)
(Day 6 -- Two acts of creation: animals & human beings)
Day 7: God rests

If the Bible Fundamentalists (I think all Christians are Creationists -- we believe God created everything) want to be so literal about Genesis 1, why don't they take Genesis 2 literally also -- there the creation is listed in a different order: God made man before plants.

I heard an interesting theory from an Orthodox monk who was lecturing. He said that in the beginning when man had perfect fellowship with God in the Garden of Eden, Man and God were outside of time. When man fell, God created time so that man would be able to repent. If that's true, then creation happened outside of time, so when scientists look at eternity through our lens of time, they are going to think they see billions and billions of years. An interesting thought!

Hmmmmmm.... That wasn't even the question you asked.

How involved were my parents and family as Christians? We were very involved. My father was a Protestant minister who sincerely believed and practiced his faith. Protestantism has many Christian truths, some of which they are getting away from today. I was able to recognize the truth of Orthodoxy, because it contained all truths my dad taught and more, while my own (protestant) church was getting more and more liberal.

When I was in middle school, my mother became very depressed & mentally ill. I remember one time walking up to the doorway of the kitchen and they were praying together. They were both in tears. I stepped back so they didn't know I was there. They were praying to commit my mother's illness to the Lord. If God chose not to heal her, they would still trust God, and my dad would always love my mom and support her even if she never got better. That made a big impression on me. About a year later she was healed of her depression after being sick for about 6 years.

God bless you,
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Question: How much of an influence were your parents in your christian life. Did they just take you to church on sundays, saya grace at meals anad that be it? (Like mine) or were they more invovled?

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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We eat fish on wed and fri. (healthy and getting ready for other meatless meals)

homeschooling: mine are only 4 years and the other is not yet 2 years soo we do alaot of storytime at the library, gymnastics, swimming with the local rec center, as far as support groups I am somewhat new to the area and am still looking for other stay at home moms here. I plan to do lapbooking (I called it interactive notebooks when I taught fifth grade with the pulic schools)
I would like to get a structured curriculum as well aand heard some good things about alpha omega... but I am afraid it won't be totally inline with want my kids to learn. It is christian based but I am a little fearful if its scientific enough. FOr example does it focus on creation or darwinism?
I have up to about first planned out in my head as I taught kindergarten. ANd think I will need the structure of a made curriculum.



1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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Question:
For Amber -- Do you have a homeschool support group? What kind of homeschooling will you be doing? Structured? "Unschooling" and fairly unstructured? (I have friends using various styles.) Have you chosen a curriculum? Or will you base your schooling on a time line and stories (which is kind of what I did)? Or will you use some other organizing principle?

If anyone else wants to jump in here: Have you or would you ever homeschool?

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That’s neat about the Bible story club at a neighborhood home. I bet it was sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship. I used to use their materials a lot! Yes they have good methods and visual aids for teaching Bible stories, but I think the important thing for us adults is to read the Bible stories ourselves and imagine ourselves in them. Try to be there when Jesus brings the little girl back to life or when Miriam is watching her baby brother, Moses.

As to fasting, I think that’s something that Orthodox in this country are rediscovering. Lenten meals are pretty much vegan except plus seafood without backbones (like clams, shrimp, scallops, etc…) and minus the olive oil and wine except on Saturdays, Sundays, and feastdays.

We fast in order to feed our souls, so if you are unable to attend Lenten services, fasting would be without its context, and would probably seem rather frustrating and empty. Also, if your family has never tried fasting or if your husband is not supportive, it would be good to start gradually. Perhaps cook a meal without meat on Wednesday and/or Friday and don’t worry about the dairy. That’s how we started.

But you asked for examples of Lenten meals – here are some suggestions from our church’s Lenten cookbook (with some additions of my own):

Rice and:
Black Beans
Lentils (if weekend, use onions browned in oil too)
Vegetable Stir fry
Seafood (Shrimp, scallops, etc...)

Whole Grain Bread and:
Soup
Salad (add nuts or grilled tempeh for protein)
Hummus (or use bagels or pita)
Peanut Butter and Jelly

Soups:
Bean soup
Lentil soup
Split pea soup

Mexican Style:
Bean Tacos -- Use 1 can black beans, drained, rinsed, mixed with 1 can chopped green chilis, cooking is unnecessary – use instead of taco spiced meat in tacos and salads.
Bean Burritos
Vegetarian Chili

Potatoes:
Baked + toppings (like canned vegitarian chili)
Pierogis (get the kind without cheese -- usually frozen)

Ramen (oriental) noodles and:
Vegetables
Baked Tofu
Roasted Cashews

Pasta and:
Marinara (Tomato) Sauce and Vegetables
Marinara & Seafood Sauce
Margarine and Garlic

Stuffed:
Cabbage
Grape leaves
Green Peppers (use rice & beans)

Vegetable Stir Fry and:
Rice
Tofu
Seafood

Vegetarian Baked Beans (for ex: Bush's canned)
Served over whole wheat buns, with potato chips & carrot and celery sticks
Served with corn on the cob and fresh sliced tomatoes

TVP or Boca burger crumbles used in:
Chili
Sloppy Joes
Spaghetti sauce

Breakfast –
Fruit and:
Toast & jam
Cereal (cooked or dry)& soy milk
Scrambled Tofu
Vegan pancakes

Hope that helps,
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Mine are 4 years and 20 months old... my baby loves the hair brush song.

I used to teach kindergarten and simply choose homeschooling not because of the teachers but more the principals. My kids education is not a business and they are not stepping stones for them to go up some career ladder... and thaats what it felt like with all these TAKS and No Child Left Behind (aka No Child Allowed Ahead).
BTW There was a protestant family down the street from our house growing up. ANd they used to have bible story time once a week. The whole neighborhood would come. We would have hot chocolate, if we recite the weekly versus we'd get a sticker and she used to use a felt board which I loved the most. I would be so engrossed with it. I wish I could tell stories like that. It takes so much knowledge and practice!!

Question: What are some examples healthy lenten meals? My mom never cooked for the fasts we eat the same all year. So while I know how to cook vegetarian I am not knowledgable about other lenten meals.

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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My question -- How old are your kids? (Mine are 26,23, and 20 and I have two grands, ages 2 1/2 and 5 months.) You ought to hear the 2 1/2 year old sing "We are the Pirates that don't do Anything" Too cute!!!
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Just a quick answer -- my kids are older now, so as to good kid's Bible story products and websites, I'll have to ask my daughter for specifics.

I think Veggie Tales are great. (And they have enough jokes that only the grown-ups "get" so we aren't bored with them!) The important thing, as your kids get older, is for them to know the real Bible stories that Veggie Tales are based on as well as Veggie Tales.

One year in my old church we did a week long Vacation Bible School (kind of a Christian daycamp) based on Veggie Tales. We sang the veggie tales songs, and one of the women came up with crafts based on the series (I think we made a stuffed Larry and Bob among other things.) I have always been the story teller, so first I would tell the actual Bible stories with visual aids -- pictures, felt figures, etc... Then we would show the movie.

I think it's great that you are homeschooling. I took my kids out for a while and homeschooled them. I had to plug a lot of holes in their education and it turned out my younger daughter was dyslexic. But we started every day with a chapter from the Bible -- usually a book that was more narrative, like a gospel, or the book of Genesis. For handwriting practice I took verses from scripture for my kids to copy.

It looks like your kids are younger, so it would be good to find some good Bible story books to read to them. Don't be afraid to go into a Protestant book store and see their kids' books. They won't get too off base if they are just retelling Bible stories. Make sure you know the story as it is written in the Bible yourself, so you know whether or not you agree with the way it is being retold.

Well, I gotta go -- I serve at Community Meals (a soup kitchen kind of ministry) today.

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question: what do you think of veggie tales?
my son loves them, I like the morals but dont know much about them... ok a two parted (I homeschool) know of any fun bible story products, websites?

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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Check out pilates... I am not flexible but found it to a great introduction into making me more flexible. I have been doing it for about 4 years on and off (off when pregnate) and while probably still a beginner I am more flexible. There are reasonable priced one as sams or walmart. Or check out videos at your local library. My mom is 58 and my brother (a marine) has her doing some leg lifts and push ups (girly ones) SHe is not strong and her one form of exercise her whole life is walking ... and she is asthmatic. I recommend buy a set of 3lb and 5lb hand weights and start strength traianing. Starting at age 30... where I am now.. you lose bone density and doing strength training helps keep your muscles and bone strong and help with aging. Also the stronger (not bigger) the muscle the more calories is will burn while you are resting.... throughout the rest of the day.

Now here is the big thing that helped me with weight loss. I purchased a heart rate monitor from Target (with a chest strap.. you forget its there after awhile). When I first started wearing it and tracking my calories burn AND heart rate I would challenge myself the next day to go faster and burn more calories. It really keeps me accountable (Similar I just started running/jogging. I found that using the tredmill makes me work harder and run faster becasue I am able see my speed and unlike the road where you just slow down the belt wont let me). Buyin a heart rate monitor is a bit of an investment... I asked for mine for my last birthday...

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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When I was growing up we always had meat, boiled potatoes, and gravy for dinner! In fact probably the meal we had the most was a can of roast beef mixed with a can of mushroom soup, served over boiled potatoes, with canned green beans and a wedge of iceberg lettuce with French dressing – usually cookies or cake for dessert! I don’t cook like that at all any more!!!

Before I answer your question – here’s my next question, besides walking, what kind of exercise would you recommend for a 50 something year old beginner? (I’ve never done much exercise and always hated gym in school.) Now to get to your question – sorry this is going to be long!!!

Well, it’s hard to say what took the most adjustment or change. There were hurdles to leap all along our journey. The first was telling my husband what I was looking into – I told him I wanted to talk to him about something and suggested we go out to dinner. I didn’t realize it, but when I didn’t tell him what we were going to talk about, he was afraid I was going to tell him there was something wrong with our marriage. He was relieved to find out, I just wanted to discuss Orthodox Christianity! Then the next hurdle was actually setting foot inside an Orthodox church! It took over a year of investigating, and an email dialogue with the priest before I finally stepped inside. When I got there for the first time, from a distance I couldn’t figure out what those long thin candles were placed in – I thought at first it might be something to eat… cake? bread?... on closer examination I discovered it was sand! (I had expected votive candles –like in a Catholic Church.)

We didn’t go to Liturgy at first, we just went to Vespers. I was busy on Sunday mornings at our old church. Vespers is just an hour, so the service didn’t seem long – although at first it seemed a long time to stand, but we got used to it. I knew I was hooked when I went out and bought flat dress shoes. (In fact I’ve found flats are so much more comfortable that I don’t even own high heels any more.) Fortunately, our Vespers service is well attended, and we began to make friends. Also, we found we were worship-starved. Just to enter into the ancient worship of the Church on Saturdays, was feeding our soul – such a contrast to the emotional, self-centered, shallow worship style we were used to on Sunday mornings. We knew we wanted to go ahead in Orthodoxy, but weren’t sure how to loosen our bonds of commitment to our old Church.

The next hurdle, believe it or not, was kissing the priest’s hand. That’s so weird! As I wrote about it later: ‘One Saturday evening after Vespers, when people were going forward to receive the priest’s blessing, my husband suddenly asked me, “Are you ready for this?” I knew I had to support his spiritual growth, so I gulped and said, “I will if you will.” But as we got into line my knees started to shake. I knew that according to Orthodox belief, kissing the priest’s hand is the same as kissing Jesus’ hand, but by the time I reached Fr. P, I was in serious danger of collapsing at his feet! But I went through with it anyway and to my surprise I lived. Lightning didn’t strike me! After a while I started to get used to it. “Oh well,” I thought, “Fr. P. has been so patient with me, and I do love him. If it’s the Orthodox thing to kiss his hand, it’s okay.” Then one day as my lips felt the warmth of his hand, the thought came — altogether unbidden to my mind — “Jesus’ hand was warm like that. Your Creator became human, with bones, blood, and warm flesh.” The truth of the incarnation had suddenly become more real to me than I had ever imagined.’

Gradually we ended most of our involvement with our old church (I still do community meals with them – a soup-kitchen kind of ministry) and when we were finally able to enter into the Sunday morning Liturgy, we were more than ready. The Vespers worship had strengthened and prepared us for the next step.

The major belief hurdle for me was praying to the Theotokos. If you want to know how I worked that out, please ask and I will put that into a separate reply. This one is already too long!

As to the life style – our priest made sure we entered into everything gradually. Few people can do a full-blown prayer rule or follow all the fasting rules or attend all of the Lenten services in the beginning without getting burned out! Our first Lent, we only fasted from meat – not all the rest, although on Wednesdays and Fridays we tried to practice the full fast. Orthodoxy has high standards in many areas, but the important thing is that you are progressing in your spiritual life, doing more and more as you are able. You don’t have to do everything in the beginning. I think because our priest led us into the deeper waters of Orthodoxy gradually (as if he were teaching us how to swim), the life style changes weren’t so difficult. Besides, we were forming close friendships with other people at Church, and we were all in this together.

Well, this is a much longer reply than I’m sure you wanted, but I couldn’t answer it any shorter!

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Interesting...
first I must give a bit of background info:
I have a mother who took pride in the how few meals she had and while it worked in her 30s... she is currently dealing with low bone density, asthma, and weight issues. (she's not obese or too ove weight just slightly)
Secondly my father grew up in a large Irish famaily that was poor so you eat when food is infront of you and you eat it all because you don't know when your next meal will come. He is a very active construction worker and had never been over weight and since he is 61 only eat less now because he is not as hungry as he used even though he still is almost as active.
Add this to the fact that I had three brothers (very athletic weight with lean muscle mass and healthy appetites)
SOOO I used just use food as fuel which was great growing up.. except I did not discrimiate what I ate. Because while I tried my moms method she did not play three sports etc so did not need extra food.
Now I still use food for fuel but am very choosy making sure I am fueling right. (And while I think I workout harder I do eat less... I had my dad's eatting habits)
I cook more orangic less fat meals. We always had whole milk growing up, not my husband and I drink skim and my children (4 and 20 months) drink whole... only until the youngest is 2 years. My mom cooked and bought food to feed the masses.. if you will. I do the same but try to pack as much nutrients as I can in my famaily's meals (i.e.miracle reds antioxidanat powder in theri pancakes!).
Man that was lengthy...

Quesation: Since you joinged the Orthodox Church later, what did you or your family to be the most adjustment or challenge? (trying to perpare for hubby)

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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This is really a tough question! I like so many different foods, that it's hard to decide -- perhaps that's part of my problem...
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Now that I'm thinking about it, I guess I would have to say freshly made salads (not salads in a bag -- although I use them, those seem to have an off taste). You can use a good salad as a snack if you can't wait until dinner, to round out a meal, or you can may make it into a meal by adding protein like nuts, meat,cheese, or grilled tempeh. My daughter used grilled tempeh with a romaine salad during a fast period once when I was visiting her. It was quite good -- kind of like adding chicken.

My question for anyone to answer:
How is the food you eat today different than the food you ate when you were growing up? How is the way you cook different than how your mother cooked?
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oh I forgot!

what is your favorite healthy food?

1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the same. Its just that 1pound of muscle takes up less space.



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What wonderful, eye-opening trips! My son went to Russia for a week to help with a summer camp that was connected with an orphanage. He went with our former Protestant Church (they weren't trying to convert Orthodox, they were trying to do some good in the world and support Christians, whatever church they belonged to.) However, my son was disappointed that instead of attending a real Russian liturgy, the group chose to have their own Bible study and prayer meeting, because it was more "relevant" to the American kids.

Thanks for sharing your experience. Do you have a question for me or someone else to answer?

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August 1994 (when I waas 16) I went to Moscow (and Finland for three days) I went again when I was 18 again to Moscow and to Polland- driving through Belarus and other countries. When I went the first time there was coup just a week or two before I left. I was oblivious with excitment but my mom was a wreck. Both time I went with a group of priest and friends. I believe they were from Chicaho area (I had to fly into Ohara the second time to leave with the whole group.) We were helping with starting up camps. The first in Russia was only Russians and Americans. The second in Polland was a atons of different countries. America, Polland, Russia, Armania, France, Greece, Cyprus, Canada, Romania to just a few. There were like 37 different countries reprsented. The most enlightening part was how many participants (those not from AMerica) were not permitted to worships as they choose their whole life (and they were teens like I). Makes you aprreciate alot (including afforable deoderant, jeans, in fashion clothes that are available and not too expensive, healthy respectable male and female role models, etc) It was said that sa much money was being sent/spent in the US to rebuilt churches and not enough for the parishoners daily needs. While man does not live on bread alone... he does need bread, clothing aand shelter.

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You went to Russia? Where did you go? Now that I'm Orthodox, I would love to go to Russia! I hope we can go when my husband retires, if the political climate in Russia doesn't get too crazy.

Anyway, for anyone else, have you traveled to a foreign country? Where? What was the best thing about the trip and the worst thing?

(I'm leaving to go to Chicago today, when I come back, I'll be busy all weekend, so I won't be able to post again until Monday.)

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I always answer this question funny, especially when people ask what are you:
I used to say Russian, Hungarian, Irish and French. BUT THEN I WENT TO RUSSIA. That answer made no sense there. I was born in the United States. I was American. My parents were born in the the United States. ANd only my grandfather (dad's dad) was born out of the country (Ireland). I think its all funny. I wish my mom and dad maintained their parents and grandparent's culture, and other than being Russian Orthodox is hard to see my ancestorial background at all. I am sorry I was an AMerican Studies major in college.... and I even heard some idiots say that your only american if you can trace your ancestors back 3 generations...

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My next question:
Where did your ancestors come from?
(My father's family was from Sweden and my mother's family was from Switzerland.)
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My absolute favorite holiday is Pascha! It is so joyous, and we really celebrate at our Church. The party lasts most of the night. Then we get together at Church the next day in the afternoon for Agape Vespers and a huge potluck dinner.

Speaking of potlucks -- potlucks and buffets are my downfall, eating-wise. We have another potluck coming up this Sunday with the outdoor blessing of the waters. (One of our church families lives on the shores of a lake and always has the church over. Father blesses their home, and the lake, and we have a big party.)

I think my favorite secular holiday is Thanksgiving -- which isn't all that secular when you come down to it. It is a day to thank God for all His good gifts to us, no matter what religion you are. (Not -- as my kids were taught in public school -- that Thanksgiving was a day when the pilgrims thanked the Indians for helping them to survive the year -- they probably did that, but that wasn't the primary reason they were celebrating, or the Person they were most grateful to!)

As to your boys in church -- at the Arab church my son-in-law was subdeacon at and administrative assistant to the priest for two years (St. George's, Cicero, Illinios), the Arab Christians said that if a little boy ran past the iconostasis, he was going to become a priest! And if it was a little girl, she would become a priest's wife! I think everyone knows these kinds of things happen. If you feel comfortable, you could discuss this with your priest or your priest's wife.

Anyway, as your boys get older perhaps they will be able to be altar boys, then it won't matter!

As to the candles, why don't you practice at home? Perhaps once a week or more you could have a candlelight dinner. Fill a couple of bowls or glasses with sand (We had gecko lizards for a while, and I discovered reptile sand works great as a base to stick candles in -- get it at your local pet supply store.) Then light a large candle and put it on the counter and give your boys each a smaller thinner candle, and, one at a time, have them "help" you light them at the large candle and place their candle in a bowl or glass of sand. Keep them lit during supper. Then have them help you put them out with a candle snifter. (I found out the hard way that blowing out a candle can blow hot wax all over the tablecloth.)
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I still say, though, that if you feel uncomfortable taking your boys to church at first, leave them home with your husband and then just you go. This is only temporary. As you get to know the people, and your priest, and become comfortable with the local building and service, and as you are strengthened by the worship, God will show you what to do next.

Here's another story from a visiting priest at our Church: In a village in Russia, there stood an empty, unused church building. One Christian man in the village wanted there to be services there again, and went to see a spiritual elder at a monastery to ask his advice. The elder told him, "You go to church and pray. Perhaps after a while your wife will join you. Then the two of you keep praying. Perhaps then your children will join you. Then your family can pray together at the church. Perhaps then your neighbors will join you. Keep praying. Perhaps God will send you a priest." I've thought about this story a lot. It is totally different than how a Protestant would do things. We, ourselves, are challenged to be faithful in prayer and worship before we can expect God to work in our families and neighborhoods. It isn't easy.

God bless you!
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Question: what is your favorite holiday?

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my priest (growing up) said that hearing kids cry let him know people were there. He is/was great. But I've since moved away to TX (from NJ) He liturgies were so fast (kinda fast paced guy) and he taught religion at a local catholic school.. so he was very open minded. Its so hard to find that again!
I am not worried about their noise just love of fire (the candles) and wanting the run to the alter. (I workout so that I am strong enough the contain them... lol)

Answer: Behaving at a resturaunt contain many steps and they alter/differ depending what kind of resturaunt your at (Burger King vs. Macaroni Grill) and whyyour out (just don't feel like cooking, a special occasion, weekly habit, treat)
1. drink water before going
2. drink water while there (unless its a special occasion or a treat when you can order a glas of wine do you need soda?)
3. Skip the soup and get the salad
4. pass on the bread
5. no appetizer.. as a appetizer (your getting the salad.. with dressing on the side)
6. Ask for them to replace the pasta or rice orother starch with extra veggies
7. drink more water
8. enjoy your meal AND TALK TO THOSE YOUR WITH! I went to a buffet with my family afer not seeing them for a while. Everyone kept getting up for refills and when we left the resturaunt we realized we barley talked...

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Thanks for posting! Yes, I really need to emphasize the basics again. You are right. Don’t worry about hogging the thread – you need to keep ME from hogging the thread!
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Actually, I figure we have to keep these threads active, or new people won’t see any point in joining. I’ve stopped by a few interesting teams, but decided not to join because the posts were few and far between or else weeks ago. I want people to know that someone is home here on OTC. Since only about 3 or 4 of us are active, we just need to keep posting. When we get a few more active members we can back off and let others keep the conversation flowing.

Hmmmm – Two active boys! I stopped by your page to see them. Yes I can imagine they are very active and keep you hopping and are full of mischief! Enjoy them! This is going to be kind of long – but it’s a great question and deserves some thoughtful consideration.

At our church we have LOTS of active little kids. The parents only take them out if they are really noisy during the sermon, or any other quiet parts, but since we have congregational singing (not a choir), there’s a lot of noise going on anyway. A visiting priest once said that a bishop was visiting a church, and the children were making a lot of noise, and one of the parishioners apologized for all of the children crying in church. The bishop replied that it was wonderful the children were there. If there were no children to cry, the people of the parish should cry!

A few ideas – perhaps you could contact the priest. Tell him you would like to attend church, but you have these two very active little boys. What would he suggest? Perhaps he could introduce you to other families that have kids about their age, or maybe there is a grandma or godmother type person who would be willing to help you.

If your husband is not willing to go with you, perhaps you should suggest that the boys stay home with him for the time being. Tell him YOU need to be at church. The worship and Eucharist will strengthen you, and God will show you the next step. This is only the first step in your family’s learning how to worship God. Kind of like on the planes when they tell you in the event of an emergency put on your own oxygen mask before assisting your children with theirs.

Then get some children’s books about Church and the Liturgy (I’m sure you can find some at Light and Life www.light-n-life.com/ ), and tell them about how much you enjoy going to Church. Tell them that when they are older and can behave themselves, they will get to come with you to Church! During the week, perhaps you could let them see you lighting a candle before an icon and praying a few morning or evening prayers – you wouldn’t have to do a full-blown prayer rule, just something simple.

Hope that helps – I will keep you in my prayers,
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I am sorry, I was waiting for someone else to answer because i did not want to hog the thread. emoticon
When I fall off the wagon I go back to the basics. Tracking food, eating simple meals, exercizing etc. I am a write it out planner. I have to do lists, and an agenda (and I'm a stay at home mom). It works for me.

Answer #2: My church does not have a body of water close by, so we bless the basin that is used for baptisms etc.

Question: What do you do when your children start really causing a ruckus in the middle of church?

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Okay, okay -- looks like no one is going to answer my question so I'll answer it. Since it's my eating that is off track,(I have a bad case of the munchies and I want carbs and chocolate!) I'm going to try a new eating plan -- see my blog later on today. Maybe that will help.

My next question -- How was your Theophany yesterday, and is your church doing an outdoor blessing of the waters? (Our outdoor blessing will be next weekend at a lake nearby.)

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I get to answer two questions since they both came in at about the same time!
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To Beecomingme: The best way I've found to begin to put into practice Orthodox teachings is to attend Orthodox worship services. When I first discovered Orthodoxy, the only service I could commit to was going to Vespers -- I was too involved elsewhere. To my amazement I found Orthodox worship to be very strengthening! At the beginning I did nothing to live in an Orthodox way, then little by little I began to follow an Orthodox lifestyle (going slowly on the fasting, starting small on a prayer rule etc... Regular worship in the Orthodox community -- even if it is only Vespers 2 or 3 times a month -- is a priority that will strengthen you to put into practice Orthodox teachings. Worshiping together with Orthodox Christians must come first!

To AER1977: My favorite part of a healthy lifestyle is the confidence I feel when I'm living healthy. (Although your question might have meant what is your favorite thing to do to make your lifestyle healthy, and I suppose the easiest for me is tracking my food.)

Question: What is a beginning step you take to get back on track with a healthy lifestyle when you've totally fallen off the wagon? (I haven't been doing too well -- am planning to climb back on the wagon by Saturday if not sooner.)

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A:This past summer I went to Pensecola FL with dh, 2 ds, and friends. It was defiently the company that made the trip so great...

Q: What is your favorite part of a healthy lifestyle?

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Okay, I'll answer your question as it is very easy! My DH and I love, love, love to go to Disney World. It's just the two of us who go - and we enjoy every park, every ride, the ambiance of Disney which is an opportunity to put all the cares of the world behind us. Once we enter into those gates -- it is a magical time for us. We even went there on our honeymoon back in 2002... So Disney World is the answer.

My question is, how do you "put into daily practice" the Orthodox teachings. I am really having difficulty with this one.

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I saw this on another spark team and thought it make be fun and a good way for us to get to know each other better. First you answer the question the previous person asked, and then you ask a question for anyone who wants to answer. The person who replies, answers your question and asks another. The question can be a trivia question; a question about a childhood memory; a question about the diet you are using; a question about your Orthodox journey; anything...

I'll start. I'll pretend someone asked: How many states or provinces (Canada) have you lived in? Can you name them?

My answer: Seven -- Illinois, Kansas, New York, Saskatchewan, Washington, Montana, Wisconsin.

My question for someone to answer: Where did you go on your most favorite vacation ever?
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
~Ruth Ann
Madison, WI
Link to one of my cookbooks which should also lead you to the rest of them:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/Cookbooks.as
p?cookbook=6445


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