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Hello, This is my first thread on the eastern catholicism :)
I am not sure why I am posting this but I wanted to share with you what I am thinking and want to hear from you some advice.
I am sorry for my bad English way of writing because I am not a Native Speaker!
so in short , I want to be baptize in the catholic church . I studied alot about the churchs and I am sure that this is the church of jesus christ .unfortunately , i did not join the RCIA classes last september and thats why i did not get baptized this easter . so I am hopping to join the church soon . I love the roman catholic church because there is where most of my catholic friends are , I love the mass,music , it was the place where I Grow in faith and got most of my Questions about the faith answered .
However, since last week i started attending a maronite church with a friend in the city where I live . The church has a great community , the people are very friendly and I was invited from the first day to celebrate Easter with Irish / Lebanese Family with their kids and friends , which was very kind thing from them(because I did not know them+ plus it was my first easter as a christian) .I am feeling that i am in love with the Eastern spirit of the people inside the maronite church. but at the same time I had hard time with their liturgy because its new to me. Today I met a person in the church who told me that he will get baptize in june and I can be baptize too if I wanted because they dont do RCIA in the Maronite Church. Instead they will do some privet catechist classes from The day I want to start!!
I was thinking about it because I want to receive Christ in the eucharist since months and The maronite church Can bring me inside the church much faster and in more easier way!
my concerns are that i am more loyal to the roman catholic then to the maronite at the moment because i dont know a lot about the maronite tradition where in the roman catholic I know a lot( i am not talking about the Theolgical stuff but the liturgy). at the same time I feel that the maronite gave me a warm hug but i am still worried, because the rite does not look like a worldwide one as the roman /latin rite.
I want to know what is your advice for me ? I need your help , prayes, and guidance
God bless you and Bless the Holy catholic church.
I am also a convert. I wanted to be received into the Church immediately after seeing a photograph of a Eucharistic miracle (in Lanciano, Italy), and begged Father to receive me into the Church before Christmas (this was in October, nine years ago). Father originally said I could be received into the Church by December 8 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), but then changed his mind and made me go through RCIA and wait until Pascha/Easter (March 31 that year).
It was the longest three months of my life, but I am glad Father made me wait. Being baptized or becoming Catholic is like getting married, and a long "engagement" period might be good in the long run. In the early Church the period of catechumenate (instruction before baptism) was three years. I think I would have died of longing for the Eucharist if Father had made me wait that long.
Most Eastern-rite churches will make you wait until Pascha (Easter) as well. I would strongly encourage you to be received into the Church wherever you feel spiritually at home. For me, it was the Byzantine Rite where I felt at home rather than the Roman, and if you can find a Melkite parish nearby, I would encourage you to go there to learn about our Liturgy and spirituality. (Melkites are Arabic-speaking Byzantine-rite Catholics.) All Catholics ideally ought to be exposed to as many of the rites of the Church as possible, because they all together form the richness of the Catholic Faith, and all of them are our heritage.
There are many more churches of the Roman rite than of any of the Eastern or Oriental rites; I think about 98% of the Church is of the Roman rite. It is always much easier to find a Catholic church of the Roman rite than any other, and while any Catholic may practice in any rite he wants to, it is best to practice in the rite to which you belong. Most large cities in the US have Byzantine Catholic churches, though.
I will keep you in my prayers, and wherever and whenever you get baptized, welcome home!