"To repent is not to look downward at my own shortcomings, but upward at God's love. It is not to look backward with self-reproach but forward with trustfulness. It is to see not what I have failed to be but what, by the grace of Christ, I might yet become." -St. John Climacus
-Please sign up for only one slot and limit your confession to 10 minutes to allow time during Great Lent for others.
-If you need additional time, please set up a separate pastoral appointment.
-If none of the times work, you are welcome to confess during any Orthros, Vespers, Great Compline, or Akathist.
Tips for Confession:
- Confession is a dedicated time to list clearly and without excuse your sins to God in the presence of the Church through the priest.
- Remember it is God who forgives and the priest is a witness and an aide, not a judge.
- Confession is typically not a time for pastoral counsel. This occurs outside of the confession during a pastoral appointment.
- Preparing for confession is important and beneficial. Your preparation will help you to focus on the areas of sin and obstacles to your relationship with God.
- There is no one specific way to prepare and give one's confession.
The following recommendations are given to help you in preparing:
- Examine your conscience. You can use a confession preparation booklet that includes prayers and questions.
- List on paper the things you wish to confess. This can include specific sins, repetitive sins, and areas of struggle.
- Share only as much detail as needed to honestly confess the sin.
- Make no excuses for yourself and avoid becoming scrupulous or legalistic.
As you prepare for your confession, these resources may be helpful: