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Offline Myrrh23

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Before full conversion confession
« on: February 07, 2008, 03:33:06 PM »
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I am well on my way to deciding to convert to OC. However, there aren't any Orthodox Christian churches or groups over here in Carbondale, Illinois. I'm not all that comfortable making a confession in the RC churches here because two of the three RC priests here have told me I don't need to confess every week, and I personally know that I do. Both of these priests have even refused to take my confession because they believe I'm being too serious with my sins. Also, all three priests know I'm wanting to go OC, so it feels like I'm not too welcome...
What I want to know is if we haven't converted yet, can we make a confession in an OC church? I can find one through an Internet map. Thanks!

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Re: Before full conversion confession
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2008, 03:44:06 PM »
Hmm...looks like there is a parish approximately 11 miles away from zip code 62901...

http://www.orthodoxyinamerica.org/lr_v10/locator.php

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Protection of The Holy Virgin Mary
Orthodox Church in America 112 N. Fairdale Ave
Royalton, IL 62983 11 miles
 618-984-2144
holyprotection@yahoo.com
www.holyprotection.us

Is this near enough to you to visit?

Speaking as a priest, clearly you cannot receive the mystery of Confession until you do, in fact, enter the Church.

However, priests are always available for counseling, and perhaps you should call a priest in the Royalton parish to ask him a question about this.
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Re: Before full conversion confession
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2008, 01:00:27 AM »
I have this same problem. I'll be baptised at Pascha, but until then, what do I do?  I've been RC all my life, and have had the importance of confession impressed upon me since I was old enough to know about it.  Does Orthodoxy have the same view of unconfessed sins - that they put one's soul in mortal danger?  I can't very well confess it in my old RC parish, but not in my new Orthodox parish either since I'm not a member of the church yet.  It is really tough to be stuck in between!
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Re: Before full conversion confession
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2008, 04:16:53 AM »
I have this same problem. I'll be baptised at Pascha, but until then, what do I do?  I've been RC all my life, and have had the importance of confession impressed upon me since I was old enough to know about it.  Does Orthodoxy have the same view of unconfessed sins - that they put one's soul in mortal danger?  I can't very well confess it in my old RC parish, but not in my new Orthodox parish either since I'm not a member of the church yet.  It is really tough to be stuck in between!

It is not the sins per se that put us in danger of hell, but rather the passions that caused them that still live in the soul.  God will judge us comprehensively on the last day and put us where we want to be, based on where our true passion is: Christ or sin. But don't get worked up too much because he loves you and knows you are preparing for baptism (glad you are being baptized btw, my wife and I were too from Catholicism and my wife's face shone, causing the priest that assisted our bishop to remark that it was one of the most memorable baptisms he had ever seen).

My bishop allowed me to confess without giving absolution once before I was baptized for the sake of my soul's peace and you might be able to ask for this. But suffice it to say, just ask God for forgiveness many times a day and he will have mercy on you.  Even if you died before baptism he takes everything in to account, so just keep struggling as best as you can.
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