Confession in the Early Church Fathers

Yes, Virginia, the early Church practiced confession… in Church. The Early Church Fathers on Confession Here are some quotes from early church fathers which show the sacramental tradition of the Mystery of Confession’s unbroken lineage from the earliest days of the Christian church. Didache 4:14; 14:1As early as 70 AD Confess your sins in church, […]

To Those Who Conceal Their Sins At Confession

In regards of the Mystery of Confession, the Church gives the following definition: who conceals their sins at confession, those not only receive no forgiveness, but double their sins instead. “If you conceal anything from me”, says the priest before the confession, “you shall have the greater sin”. You would think that such a fearsome […]

On Confession

by St. Symeon the New Theologian Our venerable and God-bearing father Symeon the New Theologian (949–1022) is one of three saints of the Orthodox church to have been given the title of Theologian (the others are St. John the Apostle and St. Gregory Nazianzen). Born in Galatia and educated at Constantinople, he became abbot of […]

Biblical Theology & The Sacrament of Penance

By Rev. Dimitriy Yurevitch 1. Essential aspects of the Biblical doctrine of repentance The doctrine of Repentance is represented in different books of the Old and New Testament. There it is set out with different degrees of fullness depending on historical conditions as well as on the sacred authors? purposes and objectives. Philologically it is […]

On Confession

by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony Bloom (1914 – August 4, 2003) was bishop of the Diocese of Sourozh, the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain and Ireland. He wrote masterfully about Christian prayer, and many Orthodox Christians in Great Britain and throughout the world consider him to be a saint. In […]

Confession and Communion

From a discussion with the students of the Moscow Theological Academy at the Lavra of Saint Serge with the Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and Saint Vlassios, Hierotheos Vlachos. Question: How many times a year must one receive Holy Communion? Is the Sacrament of Confession necessarily tied to Holy Communion? Answer: Holy Communion is not absolutely linked […]

The Confession Which Leads To Humility

This excerpt from “The Way of A Pilgrim” offers some deep and profound awareness of the grace and love behind an Orthodox sacramental Confession. Turning my eyes carefully upon myself and watching the course of my inward state, I have verified by experience that I do not love God, that I have no religious belief, […]

A Preparation For Confession

by Saint Nicolas Varzhansky 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 […]