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« 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.

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« 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)
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2013, 09:51:32 AM »

When is the average age for first confession, in Orthodoxy?
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2013, 10:27:33 AM »

6-7 here.
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« 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.
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« 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.
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« 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.
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« 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.

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