Holy Confession – One of the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) of the Orthodox Church



Holy Confession

One of the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) of the Orthodox Church

Holy Confession (or Repentance) is one of the holy mysteries (or sacraments) in the Orthodox Church, as well as many other Christian traditions. Through it, the penitent receives the divine forgiveness of Christ for any sins that are confessed. Confession is typically given to a Spiritual Father (usually a parish priest or monastic). Confession can be individual or general. The frequency of required confession (as well as whether or not general confession is permissible) can vary from parish to parish, and from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The better is once a month or twice a month.

Confession In the Bible

Old Testament

“He shall confess his sin that he has committed. And he shall make full restitution for his wrong, adding a fifth to it and giving it to him to whom he did the wrong.” (Num. 5:7)
“Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners, and they stood and confessed their sins and the guilt of their fathers. While they stood in their places, they read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day and spent another fourth of the day in confession and worship of the LORD their God.” (Nehemiah 9:2-3)

“And read out publicly this scroll which we send you, in the house of the LORD, on the feast day and during the days of assembly: ‘Justice is with the LORD, our God; and we today are flushed with shame, we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem, that we, with our kings and rulers and priests and prophets, and with our fathers, have sinned in the LORD’S sight and disobeyed him. We have neither heeded the voice of the LORD, our God, nor followed the precepts which the LORD set before us.'” (Baruch 1:14-18)

John the baptist

John the baptist practiced confession

“Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” (Matthew 3:6)

“And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.” (Mark 1:5)

The Church

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Holy Icon of All Saints of Canada & USA





Orthodox Saints of Canada & USA

Video – Joseph Olivares, USA: What is Eastern Orthodoxy and why did I decide to become Orthodox?



Joseph Olivares, USA:

What is Eastern Orthodoxy and why did I decide to become Orthodox?

Three reasons to join the Eastern Orthodox Church – Michael Witcoff, USA



3 Reasons to join the Eastern Orthodox Church


Michael Witcoff, USA

Michael Witcoff is a Christian, a copywriter, an author, and a marketing consultant. He believes the West is experiencing divine wrath for turning our backs on God, and that the only hope for salvation is to unite under one faithful banner as our enemies have under theirs.

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Friends and brothers, it’s been quite a while since I last wrote to you. Between my consulting business and my growing interest in the world of blockchain technology, I’ve had a lot on my plate lately.

But the time seems right for me to come back to Return Of Kings and share a bit more of my journey with you. The rhythm I aim for in life is to learn and grow, then share and teach.

Today’s topic, Eastern Orthodoxy, is something I’d never even heard of when my last article here was published. But since discovering what it is and delving deeper into its mysteries, it’s consumed an enormous amount of my time and attention.

So much of it, in fact, that I recently decided to leave my Wesleyan ways behind and become a full-fledged member of the Orthodox Church. Today, I’d like to share with you my top three reasons for doing so.

1.It’s The Church That Jesus Planted

During my time as a Protestant, it never even occurred to me that a denomination existed reaching all the way back to the time of the apostles.

Once I realized there was an unbroken chain of tradition reaching back nearly 2,000 years, I began to ask an entirely new kind of question. What did they teach? How did they worship? What did they believe? How did it get Continue reading “Three reasons to join the Eastern Orthodox Church – Michael Witcoff, USA”

Reason #1: the ever-changing church – Why I have converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church






Reason #1: the ever-changing church

Why I have converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church





This series of articles are from the “Becoming Orthodox” blog.

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting reasons why I have converted to the Orthodox Church. They are listed in no particular order. Some are big, important reasons; others may be small, wonderful but non-essential reasons. I hope they offer food for thought.

A few months ago I read an article in Christianity Today that highlighted a Christian movement in Mexico. It’s been awhile since I read the article and I can no longer recall the particulars, but one line really stood out: “How will the church in Mexico continue to change?” asked the columnist.

If the church is the pillar of truth (1 Timothy 3:15), then it should be unchanged since the day that it was founded by Jesus. Yet in any particular church group (save one) you will find numerous changes. Roman Catholics have a pretty long history, but they change the rules all the time. Protestantism is no different, being that it was borne out of a desire for change; a desire that certainly continues to this day when we have thousands of different denominations.

I’m disturbed by all of these changes. Truth doesn’t change. Neither should the Church.


Michael Witcoff, ΗΠΑ: 3 λόγοι που με έκαναν να ενταχθώ στην Ανατολική Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία



Michael Witcoff, ΗΠΑ:  

3 λόγοι που με έκαναν να ενταχθώ στην Ανατολική Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία

Ο Αμερικάνος Michael Witcoff είναι Χριστιανός, πτυχιούχος Ψυχολογίας, copywriter, συγγραφέας και σύμβουλος μάρκετινγκ. Πιστεύει ότι η Δύση βιώνει την θεία οργή επειδή όλοι μας στρέψαμε την πλάτη μας στο Θεό και ότι η μόνη ελπίδα για σωτηρία είναι να ενωθούμε κάτω από ένα πιστό έμβλημα, όπως οι εχθροί μας έχουν ενωθεί κάτω από τα δικά τους.

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Φίλοι και αδέλφια, μετά από αρκετό καιρό από την τελευταία φορά που έγραψα, αποφάσισα να ξαναγράψω στο Return Of Kings. Το θέμα μου είναι η Ανατολική Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία, κάτι για το οποίο ούτε καν είχα ακούσει από τότε που δημοσιεύθηκε το τελευταίο μου άρθρο εδώ. Αλλά από τότε το έψαξα πολύ και πρόσφατα αποφάσισα να αφήσω πίσω μου την Γουεσλεϊανική* ζωή μου και να γίνω πλήρες μέλος της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας. Θα θελα να μοιραστώ μαζί σας τους τρεις βασικότερους λόγους που με έκαναν να το πράξω.

1. Είναι η εκκλησία που ίδρυσε ο Χριστός

Κατά τη διάρκεια της ζωής μου ως Προτεστάντης, ποτέ δεν μου φάνηκε ότι υπήρξε μια χριστιανική ομολογία που η αφετηρία της έφθανε πίσω μέχρι την εποχή των αποστόλων.

Μόλις συνειδητοποίησα ότι υπήρχε μια αδιάσπαστη αλυσίδα παράδοσης που φτάνει πίσω σχεδόν 2.000 χρόνια, άρχισα να θέτω ένα εντελώς νέο είδος ερώτησης. Τι δίδασκαν; Πώς λάτρευαν; Τι πίστευαν; Πώς αυτά μεταδόθηκαν μέσα από τους αιώνες;

Πάντα πίστευα πως, ό, τι κι αν προσπαθείς να κάνεις στη ζωή, είναι συνήθως καλύτερο να πηγαίνεις κατευθείαν στις πρώτες πηγές παρά να τηρείς νεότερες ερμηνείες. Είναι εξίσου αληθινό με τον Χριστιανισμό, όπως είναι και με το Continue reading “Michael Witcoff, ΗΠΑ: 3 λόγοι που με έκαναν να ενταχθώ στην Ανατολική Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία”

OCA – Find an Orthodox Parish in USA, Canada & Mexico






OCA – Find an Orthodox Parish in USA, Canada & Mexico

The parish is a local community of the Church having at its head a duly appointed priest and consisting of Orthodox Christians who live in accordance with the teachings of the Orthodox Church, comply with the discipline and rules of the Church, and regularly support their parish. Being subordinate to the Diocesan Authority, it is a component part of the Diocese.