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

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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

 

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台灣基督東正教會隸屬於普世宗主教聖統香港及東南亞教區
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身為修士的屬靈父親(spiritual father),
於修院中實踐心禱並鑽研希臘原文聖經十多年。
來臺後於各神學院教導東正教神學、聖經希臘原文等課程,
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Confession: The Healing Sacrament – By Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands

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Confession: The Healing Sacrament

by

Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands

Source:

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http://www.antiochian.org/content/confession-healing-sacrament

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 everyone else’s. Which, by the way, was something of a relief, since it wasn’t possible for me to remember all the sins of my first thirty-odd years of life. It made me think of the way the father received his prodigal son—he didn’t even let his son finish his carefully rehearsed speech. It’s truly amazing.”

Another friend told me that he was so worried about all he had to confess that he decided to write it down. “So I made a list of my sins and brought it with me. The priest saw the paper in my hand, took it, looked through the list, tore it up, and gave it back to me. Then he said ‘Kneel down,’ and he absolved me. That was my confession, even though I never said a word! But I felt truly my sins had been torn up and that I was free of them.”

The very word confession makes us nervous, touching as it does all that is hidden in ourselves: lies told, injuries caused, things stolen, friends deceived, people betrayed, promises broken, faith denied—these plus all the smaller actions that reveal the beginnings of sins.

Confession is painful, yet a Christian life without confession is impossible.

Confession is a major theme of the Gospels. Even before Christ began His public ministry, we read in Matthew’s Gospel that John required confession of Continue reading “Confession: The Healing Sacrament – By Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands”

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受洗前、領聖餐前的告解,聖經哪裡有說明?

Why to confess before baptism and Holy Communion?

問:

我聽說正教徒,在受洗前要告解請求赦罪,還有領聖餐前也要向神父告解,請問在聖經哪裡有說明?

我聽說正教徒,在受洗前要告解請求赦罪,還有領聖餐前也要向神父告解,請問在聖經哪裡有說明?我們都是直接向上帝告解,有何不對,難道上帝不能來赦罪嗎?一定要透過神父嗎?神父有比上帝大嗎?

答覆:

1.我們當然可以向神直接來祈禱,這是非常好的事情.

2.教會的聖事必須透過教會來執行,因為神的恩典並不是直接來自上帝,如同受洗我們不會叫神直接幫我們受洗,或者自己來受 洗,還有婚姻聖事也不是上帝直接來舉行,按立神職也不是上帝直接來行使。

也許你會問保羅不是直接看見神光經歷神,是的沒有錯,但請想想看保羅親自經歷神光的人,並沒有開創自己的教會,而是來到門徒與彼得見面得到門徒就是教會的認可。

3.神父當然不可能大過神,只要是人類就不可能大過神,連天使或魔鬼撒但都無法與神相比,有一點我必須解釋清楚,正教信徒從來沒有向神父認罪,這是一般人的誤解,神父是見證人並非上帝.如同你欠某人錢,此人答應你不用還錢,但口頭的答應,還是不夠必須把黑紙白字的借據撕毀才算數,才安心,這就是寬恕聖事必須透過教會來行使。

4.聖經記載在 馬太福音Matthew 3:6 ,馬可福音Mark 1:5 ,使徒行傳Acts 19:18, 原文字根(Strong number)1843 你可以查神學字典,原文的意思是公開告解,這就當時準備受洗的人一一向施洗約翰公開告解個人的罪行.

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Guide to Confession – PDF

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Guide to Confession

Confession hours in Greece, Cyprus, England & USA

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With the Holy Confession our heart sings for joy…!

Confession hours in Greece, Cyprus, England & USA

In all Eastern Orthodox Churches there are Spiritual Fathers appointed to perform the Holy Confession. Here is only some of them:

ATHENS, GREECE

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Fr. John Kostof, tel. 2108220542

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THESSALONICA, GREECE

Fr. George Kougioumtzoglou

St George Orthodox Church

Rotonta 5, Thessalonica

Tel. 2310218720

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CYPRUS

Fr. Athanasios, Fr. Sabbas

Stavrovouni Monastery, Larnaca

Tel. 22533630

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ENGLAND

Fr. Zacharias

St. John the Baptist Monastery Old Rectory,

Tolleshunt Knights by Maldon, Essex CM9 8EZ United Kingdom

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ARIZONA, USA

Fr. Ephraim Filotheitis & other Spiritual Fathers

http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/index.php

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St Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona

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For more Orthodox Churches all over the world for Holy Confession please send email:

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Abel-Tasos Gkiouzelis

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