Orthodox converts on tumblr. Why did I convert/ I am planning to convert to Orthodoxy (Part 10)
Our dear friend John, shared with us his touching journey to Orthodoxy. As he mentions, "there is no end to ones journey in Orthodoxy, even for those born into the faith, every day is a new day and a new experience in ones walk with God." May his story touches every single of you as it touched my soul and gave me strength…
From Catholicism to Orthodoxy is a big change for me, I used to be a devout Catholic attending Mass at least 5 times a week.
I did not go looking for anything new, I was happy as a Catholic, It just happened; the Holy Spirit was calling me to the Holy Orthodox Church.
A couple of years ago I went to the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Piraeus just to look around, while I was there the service of vespers started so I stayed a little, it was very daunting at first, the old women were crossing themselves from the ground upwards what seemed like hundreds of times, it made no sense to me so I left.
From that time onwards I had this nagging voice in my head saying go back. So six months later while I was in the city I went to Αγία Ειρήνη (Saint Irene) for vespers, this time I stayed until the end and I had enjoyed it, I felt the Joy that I had always felt at mass.
I spoke to the priest there father Thomas the Deacon John acted as translator for us, I asked him many questions, he gave me the book The Orthodox Church, I finished reading it in 2 days.
My eyes had become opened and my heart was searching, I had become aware for the first time that something was missing in the Catholic Church and I had never realized it until that very moment.
I started to read the Matins, the Divine Liturgy, Vespers and the Akathist hymns in English, and I noticed the pure liturgical beauty that was missing in the Mass, These services and liturgical ways had really been preserved in the Orthodox church that the West had lost a long time ago.
I was at last free from the legalistic approach; I was able to let the Holy Spirit work inside of me without constraints. My heart was willing to be changed from the inside.
The Orthodox way is Mystical in a certain way, it isn’t just about going to church, it is a way of life, it is about the Holy Spirit working in you and with you, and Just as it had done with the apostle’s and the church fathers.
Well 2 years later I am a catechumen and will be received into the Orthodox Church in the very near future.
You asked about my conversion story, I believe that there is no end to ones journey in Orthodoxy, even for those born into the faith, every day is a new day and a new experience in ones walk with God. Every day we grow in Christ, we grow in the church and we grow in faith, getting stronger each new day.
You ask! Did I convert to Orthodoxy? My answer is NO, I did not. The Holy Spirit pulled and nudged me, Jesus Passion saved me and taught me how to love, and it was God the Blessed Holy Trinity that converted me. "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God" Ephesians 2:8 (RSV)