How to confess?
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Believers know that confession is an open confession to the Lord God in all their sins with a desire to receive the forgiveness of the Lord. If you feel that your heart is heavy, or have committed a bad deed, because of which you are now suffering the torments of conscience, go confession. You will feel it getting easier. And in order for the confession to heal your soul, you need to know how to confess correctly.
What should be confession
Confession must be sincere. It should open your heart, which is full of bitter repentance for the sins committed. Many people say that confession does not change anything in them: they do not feel blessing and cleansing and in the near future commit the same sins in which they repented. The reason for this is a frivolous attitude to confession. First you must understand that confession is not a monotonous listing of your sins, for the Lord God already knows about them. He is not expecting this from you. He expects sincere repentance from you and a desire to be cleansed so that he will not do this again. Only with such feelings you will receive what you expect from confession.God will forgive you everything, and you will again become a man with a clear conscience.
People who have never confessed do not know how to do it right. General confessions are held in churches and temples, to which all comers can come. The priest confesses all those who came, while listing the sins that people commit most often. This is done in order to remind people of those sins that they may have forgotten. And when everyone approaches an individual confession, he also necessarily calls those sins that he remembered during the common confession. Priests are advised to read the correct prayers before an individual confession. They also help to remember forgotten sins (for example, 24 prayers of John Chrysostom). Individual confession is carried out after the general. All comers are confessed by the priest one by one. Such a confession should not be too long, because besides you, others are also willing to confess. During an individual confession, you need to list all your sins, which you remember. In this case, the form in which they will sound is not important. It can be a single word (for example, "adultery") or a whole sentence. Do as you prefer.If the time of your confession comes to an end, and you feel that you have not repented of everything else, ask the priest to extend the confession or agree to continue it at another time.
If you are ready to seriously confess, but have never done this before, then first you will receive a general confession. General confession is a confession lasting hours, in which a person mentions all his sins from the age of 6 and repents of them. After such a confession, the next ordinary person no longer has to mention those sins in which he repented to the general. Each following confession is repentance of its last, current sins. In order for the confession to happen faster and there is time for other confessors, one can write down his sins on paper, and read them during individual confessions.
In order for confession to heal your soul, remember the following rules:
- Drop your shame and fear to confess to the priest of your imperfection.
- The main thing in confession is your sincere feelings: bitter repentance and the belief that the Almighty will hear and forgive you.
- Confession should be regular and frequent.To tell the priest at once about all his sins and to believe that it is no longer necessary to go and confess - this is the wrong position. Our world is filled with sins, and we, even sometimes not wanting it, sin constantly. Therefore, confess as often as possible.
- Come to confession seriously. If these are bad thoughts or petty domestic sin, then they can be confessed at home, in front of the icon, in prayers. If not, then it is better to go to church.
- Do not hide your sins. Even if they seem to you too shameful, you still need to admit to them, otherwise you commit another sin - try to hide your thoughts from God and deceive Him.