Author Topic: First Confession for Children  (Read 4654 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline BasilCan

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 204
First Confession for Children
« on: November 21, 2006, 08:55:39 PM »
My Godson is in Grade 2 and his Catholic friends are about to have their First Confession.  I've read that in Orthodoxy, we should also start confession around age 7 (Grade 2). My questions is this: How do you parishes prepare children for their first confession or do they do anything? Is there any particular books they use? Do they have a simpler service that they use? Any experience would be helpful.

Basil

Offline serb1389

  • Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom!
  • Section Moderator
  • Merarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 9,122
  • Save Oh Lord your People! And Bless us all!
Re: First Confession for Children
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2006, 01:55:25 AM »
Most of this stuff is under the auspices of the priest. 

If we are to follow the "spiritual father" pradigm the child should start having a spiritual father now.  This spiritual father will help make decisions like books, etc.  with the child, parents and ESPECIALLY Godparents. 

This is one model/idea to follow. 

I would say start with the Bible and prayer-books.  If you can get any of that going then the child is doing GREAT!  (reading the bible and praying)

Offline Jetavan

  • Argumentum ad australopithecum
  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 6,822
  • Tenzin and Desmond
    • The Mystical Theology
Re: First Confession for Children
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2013, 09:51:32 AM »
When is the average age for first confession, in Orthodoxy?
If you will, you can become all flame.
Extra caritatem nulla salus.
In order to become whole, take the "I" out of "holiness".
सर्वभूतहित
Ἄνω σχῶμεν τὰς καρδίας
"Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is." -- Mohandas Gandhi
Y dduw bo'r diolch.

Offline mike

  • A sexual pervert with limited English reading comprehension
  • Protostrator
  • ***************
  • Posts: 24,872
  • Polish Laser Jesus shooting down schismatics
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Diocese of Białystok and Gdańsk
Re: First Confession for Children
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2013, 10:27:33 AM »
6-7 here.
Hyperdox Herman, Eastern Orthodox Christian News - fb, Eastern Orthodox Christian News - tt

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who can watch the watchmen?
"No one is paying attention to your post reports"
Why do posters that claim to have me blocked keep sending me pms and responding to my posts? That makes no sense.

Offline LizaSymonenko

  • Слава Ісусу Христу!!! Glory to Jesus Christ!!!
  • Global Moderator
  • Hoplitarches
  • ******
  • Posts: 15,559
    • St.Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Faith: Eastern Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A.
Re: First Confession for Children
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2013, 11:58:37 AM »

I agree.  It's around 7, but, we've had younger, and older. 

It all depends on the maturity of the child.

If they can't discern right/wrong, then it's too early.
Conquer evil men by your gentle kindness, and make zealous men wonder at your goodness. Put the lover of legality to shame by your compassion. With the afflicted be afflicted in mind. Love all men, but keep distant from all men.
—St. Isaac of Syria

Offline Agabus

  • The user formerly known as Agabus.
  • Section Moderator
  • Protokentarchos
  • *****
  • Posts: 4,602
Re: First Confession for Children
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2013, 12:07:46 PM »
My oldest had just turned 7 when he made his first confession, and initiated it on his own after seeing others wait to confess during Holy Week that year. We had discussed it some beforehand, but only in general terms about what confession is and not in terms that would have pressured him to do it.
Blessed Nazarius practiced the ascetic life. His clothes were tattered. He wore his shoes without removing them for six years.

THE OPINIONS HERE MAY NOT REFLECT THE ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED ORTHODOX CHURCH

Offline Shanghaiski

  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,980
  • Holy Trinity Church of Gergeti, Georgia
Re: First Confession for Children
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2013, 12:26:10 AM »
We had a wonderful thread arguing about this very topic awhile back. It was full of intelligently reasoned commentary and mutual understanding.
Quote from: GabrieltheCelt
If you spend long enough on this forum, you'll come away with all sorts of weird, untrue ideas of Orthodox Christianity.
Quote from: orthonorm
I would suggest most persons in general avoid any question beginning with why.

Offline Mor Ephrem

  • Ο προκαθήμενος της Ορθοδοξίας - The President of Orthodoxy
  • Section Moderator
  • Protospatharios
  • *****
  • Posts: 33,220
  • Two half-eggs
    • OrthodoxChristianity.net
  • Faith: The Ancienter Faith
  • Jurisdiction: East
Re: First Confession for Children
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2013, 12:34:33 AM »
We had a wonderful thread arguing about this very topic awhile back. It was full of intelligently reasoned commentary and mutual understanding.

 ;)
How this relates to the coming Antichrist? I don't know...

Quote
The erection of one’s rod counts as a form of glory (Theophylaktos of Ohrid, A Defense of Eunuchs, p. 329).