Friday, April 18, 2014

Repentance, Confession & Examination of Conscience

January 31, 2012 by  
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What does it mean to repent? When our Lord Jesus Christ began His public preaching,he began with the word ‘repent.’ From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) If we are to repent, then we need to know our sinfulness. That’s a tall order, frankly. As St. John put it, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8) This is  [Read more...]

Confession In The Bible And Beyond

April 6, 2011 by  
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Confession of sins is very much a part of Biblical Faith and especially Biblical Christianity, and was closely related to the worship of the True God. From the Old Testament on, it is clear that men should confess their sins, and this practice, though often neglected and denigrated by scoffers, offers real remission of sins from God. This is the Biblical way, and the way of the early Church, as the following quotes and citations will clearly demonstrate. Indeed, any faith which professes  [Read more...]

Preparation For Confession

April 6, 2011 by  
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During Great Lent, and the other fasts of the Church Year, it is customary for all Orthodox Christians to go to confession to their priest. Properly this should be done several times a year, the exact frequency depending upon how often one is blessed to receive the Holy Mysteries and on the counsel and blessing of one’s spiritual father. As a preparation for this sacramental confession and to help one examine one’s conscience before coming to confession, the following questions are sometimes distributed  [Read more...]