Repentance & Confession (“A Pastoral Guide to the Holy Mysteries”)

From “A Pastoral Guide to the Holy Mysteries”, Orthodox Christian Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, 2001 Repentance and Confession 56 The Institution of the Holy Mystery The Lord Jesus Christ Himself instituted the Holy Mystery of Repentance after his resurrection from the dead when He appeared to his disciples and said to them: … Read more

Charts to assist native Russian speakers confess to English speaking priest

These two charts give a list of sins &/or examination of conscience with Russian and English side-by-side.  They can be especially helpful in for the native Russian speaker to make cofession to an English speaking priest.  Others may find the list helpful in preparing for confession as well. Brief Version – click here. Longer Version … Read more

What is Necessary for a Saving Confession?

 by St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow, Enlightener of North America What is Confession? Confession is the oral avowal of one’s sins which lie heavy upon the conscience. Repentance cleanses the soul and makes it ready to receive the Holy Spirit, but confession, so to speak, only empties the soul of sins. Let us present a … Read more

A List of the Passions

This extensive list of the  passions may be of assitance  in self-examination before confession.  No definitions are given, but a good dictionary and consultation with your spritual father should help. by Saint Peter of Damaskos The passions are: harshness, trickery, malice, perversity, mindlessness, licentiousness, enticement, dullness, lack of understanding, idleness, sluggishness, stupidity, flattery, silliness, idiocy, madness, … Read more

Great Canon of St. Andrew: Interview with Mathewes-Green

March 01, 2006, 8:10 a.m. Getting Serious for 40 Days An introduction to the Great Canon of St. Andrew. An NRO Q&A by Kathryn Jean Lopez Frederica Mathewes-Green, frequent National Review Online movie reviewer, is author of many books, on a variety of topics. Also a columnist for, her latest book comes just in … Read more