How unintentional are unwittingly committed sins?

How unintentional are unwittingly committed sins?

Ioannis Kornarakis, Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Confession, University of Athens († 2013)   All of us have had the experience of unwittingly committing a sin. And, of course, every confessor/spiritual guide often hears, at almost every confession, the assurance or claim on the part of the penitent that...

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Who haven’t people mocked?

Who haven’t people mocked?

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   Writing to someone on the subject of confession, Saint Nikolaj had this to say: You want to know if confession is so important. At one time you used to go more frequently for confession, but you stopped because somebody mocked you for it. You shouldn’t have...

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Repentance & Confession

Repentance & Confession

Welcome to the Feast of Healthy Thoughts where you can explore with Fr. Anthony Tandilyan the journey of repentance through separation and return to the Father as he examines the story of The Prodigal Son in the scriptures.  Write to us at info@myocn.net and tell us your story of how repentance...

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Great Classroom Resources & Supplements (2)

Great Classroom Resources & Supplements (2)

  Inspired by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network features Great Books, Music & Teaching Publications featured in the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog. The Catalog is a publication of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education. All items featured...

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Great Classroom Resources & Supplements (3)

Great Classroom Resources & Supplements (3)

Preschool and Elementary Inspired by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network features Great Books, Music & Teaching Publications featured in the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog. The Catalog is a publication of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education. All...

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Daily Devotion, January 13: What can I Say?

Daily Devotion, January 13: What can I Say?

Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.  Psalm 54:2   Good morning Prayer Team! If prayer is communication with God, what then should we say in prayer?  Before I answer that question, let me share this great piece of advice on prayer—God does not...

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Nativity Devotion, January 3: A Spiritual Inventory

Nativity Devotion, January 3: A Spiritual Inventory

Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  Matthew 3:5-6 (Gospel from Royal Hours of Epiphany)   Good morning Prayer Team! Saint John the Forerunner was known as the...

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Daily Devotion: We Sin Every Day

Daily Devotion: We Sin Every Day

Pray then like this: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead...

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Forgive Others and Yourself

Forgive Others and Yourself

And when Jesus had said this, He breathed on them (the disciples) and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they retained.” John 20:22-23   Good morning Prayer Team! We all know the...

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Children and Confession

Children and Confession

Does a second grader need to know about confession or are they too innocent? In this episode, Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Alexander Goussetis, pastor of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, in Lancaster, PA, to discuss when parents should start talking about the holy sacrament with their children. Allowing children to...

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