Repentance - The Sacrament of Holy Confession
Consciousness, memory, imagination, feeling, and will are helps to penitence. As we sin with all the powers of our soul, so penitence must be from our whole soul. Penitence in words only, without the intention of amendment and without the feeling of contrition, may be called hypocritical. Should the consciousness of sins be obscured, it must be cleared up; should the feeling be smothered and dulled, it must be roused; should the will become blunt and too weak for amendment, it must be forced; "the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." (St. Matt. 11:12) Confession must be sincere, deep, and full.
St John of Kronstadt (My Life in Christ, p. 280)
Repentance leads us to salvation provided it is coupled with Confession.
Confession is what reconciles us with the Father who loves us unconditionally.
He does not want us to die as a sinner, but wishes us to return to
union with Him and attain eternal life in His kingdom.... more
To make a good confession
it is necessary to prepare yourself carefully. Ask God to give you
Grace to make a thorough examination of your conscience, the courage
to make a sincere and complete confession, and the strength to amend
your way of life in the days to come... more
Questions for Self-examination
Scripture for Self-examination
Parable of the Lost Son
The Forgotten Medicine: The Mystery of Repentance, Archimandrite
Book Review/Summary by Rev. Richard Andrews
In The Forgotten Medicine, the renowned Bulgarian spiritual father Archimandrite Seraphim (†1993) details the reasons many give for not coming to Confession, and for each of these he clearly brings forth the truth of the matter. For those who feel awkward because of not knowing how to approach Confession, he explains in depth how to prepare beforehand and what to do afterwards.
“In the Mystery of Repentance the spiritual afflictions of a man are treated, impurities of the soul are removed, and a Christian, having received forgiveness of sins, becomes innocent and sanctified, just as he came out of the waters of Baptism”. — excerpt from The Forgotten Medicine
Chapter V - Rules for a Saving Confession
Do You Have a Ticket?,
by Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili:
a very concise
and inspiring small book on confession in the Orthodox Church.
Written in the style of the great saints of our Church. A must-have
for any pious Christian. "Not
Three Times a Year": a profound chapter on the importance
of frequent confession (Ch. 11).
Confession, by Met. Anthony Khrapovitsky (Jordanville,
NY: Holy Trinity Monastery):
this was used as the primary reference
for the section on Confession in the book A Guide to Orthodox
Life and comes highly recommended by the author. It is mainly
geared towards Priests (to teach them to be better confessors);
however, there is a wealth of information for laypeople as
Sacraments Series: Penance with
Rev. John Chakos (Scroll down to Sacraments Series)
for Confession by Department of Religious Education from "My
Orthodox Prayer Book"
Rules for a Saving Confession by Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev (pdf)
Ten Commandments by Rev. George Mastrantonis
and Confession - Introduction by Fr. John Chryssavgis
Is Necessary for a Saving Confession? by Saint Innocent of Alaska, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of North America
Before Confession by Saint Nicolas Varzhansky
Everyone Should Prepare Before Confession:
An Excerpt from Exomologetarion (A Manual of Confession) by
St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite
Catechism on Confession.
Reprinted from The Shepherd, published
by the Brotherhood of St. Edward the Martyr, London, England.
CONFESSION WHICH LEADS THE INWARD MAN TO HUMILITY
From "The Way of a Pilgrim"
A Lament for Sin by
St. Basil the Great
reflections on Confession by Alexander Schmemann (St. Vladimir’s
Seminary Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 3, Fall, 1961, pp. 38-44)
Preparing for Confession -
from Orthodox Christian Information Center
Biblical Theology and the Sacrament of Penance
By Rev. Dimitriy Yurevitch SAINT-PETERSBURG ORTHODOX SPIRITUAL ACADEMY
Sacrament of Penance by Bishop Thikon
Why should I confess my sins to a priest?
by Father John Dresko
Get Up! Motivation for Confession
Objections to Confession
by Archimandrite Seraphim (Aleksiev) of Bulgaria
On Confession1 - by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
On Confession 2
If We Confess Our Sins Booklet for Adults