To become Orthodox is itself a lifelong journey. However, it begins with entry into the Orthodox Church.
Each person's path will be different according to their unique needs, backgrounds, and questions. However, the general route taken into Orthodoxy looks a little bit like this:
- A period of time spent as an enquirer. During this time, we recommend attending Orthodox services and speaking with Orthodox people to see whether what you think Orthodox life is and what it actually is are one and the same. You may find new and exciting layers of beauty and depth to explore and also may have experiences that challenge any romantic ideas that you might have held about Orthodoxy.
- If you decide that you wish to enter the Orthodox Church, you can request to be made a catechumen. The catechumenate is a period of learning and adapting to an Orthodox way of life, internalising its teachings and practices, and growing into closer union with the Holy Trinity through participation in prayer, the services, the church fasts, and in embedding the good that stems from this into your everyday life.
- When the time is right, you will be received into the Church. The usual method of reception is by the triple sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation, and the Eucharist. However, this can vary depending on your background and how close your previous home has been to the Orthodox Church. This will be discussed during your catechumenate.