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Confession

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – 1 John 1:9

What is confession?

After baptism, forgiveness of sins is obtained through repentance, and most concretely through the sacrament of Confession, also known as the sacrament of Repentance and Reconciliation. In the Bible we read, “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it [for] you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.” Since we are all members of the same body, every sin we commit, no matter how private, will in some way affect our brothers and sisters in the Church. In the same way, repentance does not stop at privately turning back to God in prayer, but also involves our reconciliation to the Church. For this reason, we confess our sins to God in the presence of a representative of the Church, a confessor priest, through whom we receive the promise of divine forgiveness.

Confession is also an opportunity to talk with one's priest about one’s concerns and receive spiritual counsel from him. 

How often do I need to confess?

Regular confession is an important part of Christian life and a prerequisite to regular participation in the Eucharist. However, there is no hard and fast rule as to how often a person needs to confess. Some confess weekly, others monthly, others during the four annual periods of fasting, and so on. Of course, if we feel a particular need to confess something, we should do so without hesitation.

What happens during confession?

The sacrament of confession begins with prayer. The person will then sit down with the priest and confess his or her sins. During the confession, the priest may ask questions and give advice in order to help the person understand why a sin occurred or how it can be avoided in future. Following the completion of the confession, the person kneels down while the priest lays his epitrachilion (stole) on their head and reads the prayer of forgiveness.

How can I arrange a confession?

Those wishing to see Fr. Chrysostomos for confession should call the church office in order to arrange an appointment.