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Πώς εξομολογούσε ο μαρτυρικός π. Δημήτριος Μπεζάν

στις φυλακές του Αϊούντ της Ρουμανίας

—Πῶς ἐξομολογούσατε στίς φυλακές τοῦ Ἀιούντ, π. Δημήτριε [Μπεζάν];

—Πολύ εὔκολα. Τούς ἐξομολογοῦσα στό κελί τους ἤ ἀπ’ τόν τοῖχο. Ἄν καθόμουν μέ τό στόμα στόν τοῖχο, μέ ἄκουγε πολύ καλά.

—Πῶς, ἐξομολογούσατε διά μέσου τοῦ τοίχου;

—Πρῶτα ἔβαζα ἐγώ τό αὐτί στόν τοῖχο κι ἄκουγα τήν ἐξομολόγησι τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν. Μετά ἔβαζαν αὐτοί τό αὐτί στόν τοῖχο καί τούς ἔδινα συμβουλές.

—Τή συγχωρητική εὐχή πῶς τή διαβάζατε;

—Πάλι μέσω τοῦ τοίχου. Μόνο σ’ αὐτούς πού ἦταν στό κελί μου, ἔκανα τήν κανονική ἐξομολόγησι.

—Ἐξομολογήσατε πολλούς διά μέσου τοῦ τοίχου;

—Ἑκατοντάδες».

Πηγή:

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ

Θεός Ἐφανερώθη – Ἀπό τόν Ἀθεϊσμό στό Χριστό

ἐκδ. Ἅγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός

Ἀθήνα 2011

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Advice about Confession – Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

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Advice about Confession

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

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ST. JOHN THE FORERUNNER

We all know the importance of Confession, but yet so few take advantage of it. Here Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994) shows us why it is so important.

A young man went to see the Elder. I arrived the moment he was ringing the bell, and waited behind him. After a while, Father Paisios opened the door and came to the fence.

-What’s up, young man, what do you want? asked the Elder.

-Father, I would like to see you and get your advice on something.

-Have you gone to confession? Do you have a spiritual father?

-No, Father, I don’t have a spiritual father and I haven’t gone to confession.

-Well, then you better go to confession and then come to see me.

-Why can’t I see you, Father?

-I will explain to you, so you can understand. Your mind is confused and troubled by the sins you have fallen into; as a result, you cannot realize the Continue reading Advice about Confession – Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

Confession: The Healing Sacrament – By Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands

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Confession: The Healing Sacrament

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Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands

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A young monk said to the great ascetic Abba Sisoes: “Abba, what should I do? I fell.” The elder answered: “Get up!” The monk said: “I got up and I fell again!” The elder replied: “Get up again!” But the young monk asked: “For how long should I get up when I fall?” “Until your death,” answered Abba Sisoes. —Sayings of the Desert Fathers

“When I went to my first confession,” a friend told me, “tears took the place of the sins I meant to utter. The priest simply told me that it wasn’t necessary to enumerate everything and that it was just vanity to suppose that our personal sins are worse than Continue reading Confession: The Healing Sacrament – By Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands

Holy Confession: Confidentiality

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Holy Confession: Confidentiality

 

From “Guidelines for Clergy” (Orthodox Church in America):

“The secrecy of the Mystery of Penance is considered an unquestionable rule in the entire Orthodox Church. Theologically, the need to maintain the secrecy of confession comes from the fact that the priest is only a witness before God. One could not expect a sincere and complete confession if the penitent has doubts regarding the practice of confidentiality. Betrayal of the secrecy of confession will lead to canonical punishment of the priest.

St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite exhorts the Spiritual Father to keep confessions confidential, even under strong constraining influence. The author of the Pedalion (the Rudder), states that a priest who betrays the secrecy of confession is to be deposed. The Metropolitan of Kos, Emanuel, mentions in his handbook (Exomologeteke) for confessors that the secrecy of confession is a principle without exception.”

In St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite’s Exomologitarion, he writes:

“Nothing else remains after confession, Spiritual Father, except to keep the sins you hear a secret, and to never reveal them, either by word, or by letter, or by a bodily gesture, or by any other sign, even if you are in danger of death, for that which the wise Sirach says applies to you: “Have you heard a word? Let it die with you” (Sir. 19:8); meaning, if you heard a secret word, let the word also die along with you, and do not tell it to either a friend of yours or an enemy of yours, for as long as you live. And further still, that which the Prophet Micah says: “Trust not in friends… beware of thy wife, so as not to commit anything to her” (Mic. 7:5).

For if you reveal them, firstly, you will be suspended or daresay deposed completely by the Ecclesiastical Canons, and according to political laws you will be thrown in jail for the rest of your life and have your tongue cut out. Secondly, you become a reason for more Christians not to confess, being afraid that you will reveal their sins, just as it happened during the time of Nektarios of Constantinople when the Christians did not want to confess on account of a Spiritual Father who revealed the sin of a woman. The divine Chrysostom both witnessed these things and suffered because of them on account of his trying to convince the people to confess. It is impossible for me to describe in words how much punishment this brings upon you, who are the cause of these things.”

St. John of the Ladder writes:

“At no time do we find God revealing the sins which have been confessed to Him, lest by making these public knowledge, He should impede those who would confess and so make them incurably sick.”

The Byzantine Nomocanon states, in Canon 120:

“”A spiritual father, if he reveals to anyone a sin of one who had confessed receives a penance: he shall be suspended [from serving] for three years, being able to receive Communion only once a month, and must do 100 prostrations every day.”

Source:

ORTHODOX WIKI

 

Confession in the Bible

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Confession in the Bible

 

Old Testament

“He shall confess his sin that he has committed. And he shall make full restitution for his wrong, adding a fifth to it and giving it to him to whom he did the wrong.” (Num. 5:7)
“Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners, and they stood and confessed their sins and the guilt of their fathers. While they stood in their places, they read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day and spent another fourth of the day in confession and worship of the LORD their God.” (Nehemiah 9:2-3)

“And read out publicly this scroll which we send you, in the house of the LORD, on the feast day and during the days of assembly: ‘Justice is with the LORD, our God; and we today are flushed with shame, we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem, that we, with our kings and rulers and priests and prophets, and with our fathers, have sinned in the LORD’S sight and disobeyed him. We have neither heeded the voice of the LORD, our God, nor followed the precepts which the LORD set before us.'” (Baruch 1:14-18)

John the baptist

John the baptist practiced confession

“Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” (Matthew 3:6)

“And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.” (Mark 1:5)

The Church

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

“Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.” Acts 19:18

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Source:

ORTHODOX WIKI