Not all that long ago, Nancy, a very long time friend of ours, married to Steve, was received into Holy Orthodoxy through Chrismation. For the first time in their marriage, she received Holy Mysteries with her husband! Rejoice!
Of interest also: in these last months, maybe a year, her study of Orthodoxy was to convince herself to remain a Lutheran. We were pleased to hear what happened.
We met Steve and Nancy when wife Katherine (Karon) was working at the LCMS headquarters in 1971-1972 ... Nancy worked there also. Our friendship has continued through the years and over these last twenty plus years has been very close, since we live not that many miles apart!
Just a couple of weeks ago, we learned that Ben, a young Lutheran pastor, "came home" to Holy Orthodoxy. Ben was, some years ago, one of the men from the Seminary in St. Louis who was under my care ... he left after a quarter to attend the Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. Over those years, young Ben read and studied and prayed. So, after a very short while as a Lutheran pastor, he was compelled in his search for Truth to be received, with his whole family, into Orthodoxy. Ben was rejoicing via email that on the weekend of their Chrismation, he would receive the Holy Mysteries with all his family -- wife and children!
This Sunday, Pentecost, will be the last time that our priest, Father Dumitru, serves our parish. His future is unclear at this point, and we keep him and Presvytera Constanza in our prayers! We also pray that our parish, Sts Constantine and Helen, would be blessed in the coming months, and that our Metropolitan and those who deal with such matters would be used of the Holy Spirit to bring us another priest!
Christ is in our midst!
He is and ever shall be!