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Offline David Leon

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Does your priest give penances?
« on: October 13, 2010, 02:20:29 PM »
I was wondering if it is common to be given a penance after confession.  If so, what sort?  Perhaps a certain number of prostrations, prayers, etc. or maybe staying away from the chalice for a certain period of time.  I have just heard of this and am wondering how widespread/normal this is.

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Re: Does your priest give penances?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2010, 03:50:45 PM »
Not so far, but I've only been to confession about five times.

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Re: Does your priest give penances?
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2010, 04:13:26 PM »
No, he does not. I do not know anyone who has been given one either.
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Re: Does your priest give penances?
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2010, 04:19:21 PM »
Mine sometimes does. Readings or prostrations, depending on the nature of the sin (spiritual or physical; different sins require different therapies). I've never heard of him excommunicating anyone, but I know of other priests who do resort to that if necessary.

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Re: Does your priest give penances?
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2010, 04:47:12 PM »
I'm not sure if you would call these "penances" but once my priest told me, "Go over there and sit down and think about what you've done!" Another time he told me that I couldn't receive Communion unless I forgave someone that I was angry with (can't even remember now what I was so mad about, but it seemed really important at the time! :P)
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Re: Does your priest give penances?
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2010, 04:55:15 PM »
IMO, in Orthodoxy, "penance" is anything given by a Priest to heal your soul after confession. I think of it as the Doctor prescribing a medicine, and the Pharmacist (the Priest) giving out that medicine.

A penance IMO can be a number of Jesus Prayers, or it could be advice such as asking someone for forgiveness, etc...

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Re: Does your priest give penances?
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2010, 05:12:54 PM »
IMO, in Orthodoxy, "penance" is anything given by a Priest to heal your soul after confession.

I believe this (spiritual advice) is one thing and an official epitemia is another. If someone gets none of these, s/he will do their penance anyway because Orthodox morning and evening prayers contain many penitential elements.

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Re: Does your priest give penances?
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2010, 07:20:11 PM »
While penances used to be a normal part of Orthodox life, it has been my experience that penances are not common these days. I have only been given a penance twice (though one was more like a request).

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Re: Does your priest give penances?
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2010, 02:40:14 AM »
Absolutely, he does, at least for me.  I've been given penance to abstain from the Eucharist for a period of time, to ask forgiveness of those I have wronged, to increase my prayers (and prostrations, if necessary), to do some spiritual reading and even to refrain from chanting the services.  I know he doesn't do it to be punitive but to ensure repentance and believe you me, I need to do a lot!
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