Devenir et rester un Chrétien Orthodoxe – Prêtre Andrew Phillips ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French


Devenir et rester un Chrétien Orthodoxe

Prêtre Andrew Phillips


Nous entendons parfois des gens raconter comment ils en sont venus à rejoindre l’Eglise Orthodoxe. Bien que chaque histoire soit intéressante, et parfois même extraordinaire, je pense que les histoires racontant comment des gens sont restés de fidèles Chrétiens Orthodoxes malgré les tentations seront de plus grande utilité. Comme il est écrit dans l’Evangile : “C’est à votre constance que vous devrez votre salut” (Luc 21,19).

De plus, je n’ai pas intitulé cet entretien “Comment entrer dans l’Eglise Orthodoxe” mais “Comment devenir et rester un Chrétien Orthodoxe.”

Car rejoindre l’Eglise Orthodoxe ou devenir un membre de l’Eglise Orthodoxe, cela concerne des changements externes, et ce n’est pas la même chose que “devenir un Chrétien Orthodoxe,” qui concerne des changements intérieurs. Et rester un Chrétien Orthodoxe est encore plus important, c’est pourquoi j’ai consacré 3 fois plus de temps à cette partie-là qu’à comment devenir Chrétien Orthodoxe.


Définissons d’abord nos termes en parlant d’un nombre de mots qui sont utilisés dans ce contexte. Tout d’abord, il y a la phrase nulle “Orthodoxe de naissance.” Cela n’existe pas. Personne n’est “né Orthodoxe”, nous sommes tous nés païens. C’est pour cela que nous exorcisons d’abord puis baptisons. Plus acceptables sont les termes, “né dans une famille Orthodoxe” et “Orthodoxe depuis le berceau”. Il est intéressant de noter que les gens qui utilisent avec condescendance des termes comme “Orthodoxe de naissance” appellent les enfants des “convertis”.. des “convertis”. En fait, bien sûr, dans leur langage erroné, les enfants de “convertis” sont “Orthodoxes de Continue reading “Devenir et rester un Chrétien Orthodoxe – Prêtre Andrew Phillips ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French”

Holy Confession: Confidentiality – From “Guidelines for Clergy”, Orthodox Church in America



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.”


Orthodox Wiki


Θεία Εξομολόγηση: Ο Χριστός έστειλε τον Απόστολο Παύλο σε Πνευματικό Πατέρα – Αρχιμ. Ιωάννης Κωστώφ


Θεία Εξομολόγηση:

Ο Χριστός έστειλε τον Απόστολο Παύλο

σε Πνευματικό Πατέρα

Αρχιμ. Ιωάννης Κωστώφ:

Εἶπε ἕνας Ἁγιορείτης Γέροντας: “Ἡ ἀνώτερη τέχνη εἶναι τό πῶς θά σώσης τόν ἑαυτό σου στήν αἰωνιότητα καί στήν τέχνη αὐτή θέλεις καθηγητή. Δέν μπορεῖς νά μάθης μία τέχνη ἀπ᾽ τά βιβλία μόνο. Γι᾽ αὐτό καί ὁ Χριστός, μόλις ἐμφανίσθηκε στόν Ἀπόστολο Παῦλο, ἀμέσως τόν ἔστειλε σέ πνευματικό, τόν Ἀπόστολο Ἀνανία, γιά νά τόν διδάξη καί νά τόν συμβουλεύση”.