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Over the last month I have been contemplating conversion to the Catholic church and have been going to mass at the nearest parish. I have been feeling quite frustrated at how unwelcoming it has seemed.

If you visit an Evangelical church, the likelihood is that an army of people will welcome you, the pastor will come an talk to you and you will be invited to come and to a membership class or join a home group. Catholic churches are seldom so friendly and often nobody will talk to visitors.

I went to the Easter vigil mass yesterday still feeling very frustrated about this. As I sat in my car, I whispered the Hail Holy Queen prayer:

Hail Holy Queen, mother of mercy! To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we lift up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Oh clement, oh loving, oh sweet Virgin Mary!

I really felt this prayer, feeling banished and feeling a lot of sighs.

As I approached the church, the first person I met was a nurse who works at the emergency department where I do, somebody I get on really well with. She goes to the parish at a different service time.  She is a non-nonsense, slightly fierce, but very likeable nurse from Ireland. When she saw me she said "I didn't know you were one of us."

I explained that actually I wasn't, but I was thinking about converting. She introduced me to the lady who runs the class for converts. It was so lovely to get a warm welcome at the church for the first time. I really needed it. I even saw somebody else I knew after the mass, a student psychiatric nurse.

The service was really beautiful as well.
  • Listening to: Nocturnus- Thresholds
  • Reading: Introduction to the Ethiopian Orthodox Faith

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Matthew Clarke
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United Kingdom
I am an ultraconservative Christian who enjoys Doctor Who and various other sci-fi and fantasy.

I write fan fiction in various settings, including Doctor Who, Batman, Forgotten Realms, WoW and the Chronicles of Narnia.

I'm a member of the Conservative party.

I generally like to wear flip flops.
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Thank you for the fave.
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neral85 Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the :+fav:s! :-)
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pluto-my-way Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haj there,
thanks for faving my dragon work once again!:meow::iconsayhiplz:

have a nice day!
~Pluto
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SilvanaMassaArt Mar 25, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave :)
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Elephant883 Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the Raynar favorite.
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Celestialhost Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love that era of Star Wars
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Elephant883 Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. I agree.
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Nocturius Mar 13, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks for the fav! /merci pour le fav!
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Many thanks for the favorite!
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Layllowggann Mar 9, 2014  Student Artist
thanks a lot dude!
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