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« on: April 04, 2014, 12:37:00 PM »

Hi all,

I'm going to be chrismated on Lazarus Saturday, and I am slowly preparing to give my first confession either the day before or the morning of the 12th. One thing that I keep wondering about is whether it is necessary to make confession for the fact that I have downloaded music, movies, and occasionally software from the internet. I think technically downloading music and movies and such is illegal, but I have never thought of it as actual theft, since files can be copied indefinitely and downloading them does not take them away from the original owner. What are your opinions? I want to make sure I give a proper confession, and I'm just really unsure about this. Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2014, 12:59:03 PM »

When in doubt, confess it.  The priest will be able to tell you if you need not be concerned about the particular issue, and you will be at peace.  You can even confess it using words such as "I don't know if this is a sin, but I _________". 
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2014, 01:40:51 PM »

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What a blessed day!

You can tell your priest anything that is on your mind.  That way he will come to know and understand you better.  You do not need to worry about whether it is a sin or not.

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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2014, 02:05:03 PM »

I have been to confession several times. You ask the priest when you're ready and he takes you into a private room in the hall and you do the general confession statements as he is your witness then you're done.  Smiley (It doesn't take longer than 15 minutes) ..
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2014, 02:45:25 PM »

I have been to confession several times. You ask the priest when you're ready and he takes you into a private room in the hall and you do the general confession statements as he is your witness then you're done.  Smiley (It doesn't take longer than 15 minutes) ..

In most Orthodox Churches, including Antiochian, it happens in a corner of the Nave, usually right next to the iconostasis and not in a "private room in the hall." Some priests do a life confession; others give you lists of do's and don'ts that you consider applicable to your life (or not); yet others let you confess as you will. It is best to ask your priest how he wants to do this.
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