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How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« on: January 06, 2011, 10:24:57 PM »
My parents will not let me receive Holy Baptism in the Church so I have to wait until I move out. But, in the meantime, since I cannot participate in the Mystery of Repentance, how should I repent when I do a particularly bad sin?
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Re: How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 10:31:47 PM »
If you are Catholic, there is a good chance you may be received into Orthodoxy by chrismation...no need to be baptized. ;D

But, I know that's not you meant. Anyway...there are a variety of ways to do this. Prayer, fasting, etc. I would especially suggestion the Canon of Repentance to our Lord Jesus Christ. If you have contact with an Orthodox priest, feel free to speak with him about these issues, even if you cannot receive absolution from him. My priest actually offers this to all catechumen/very serious inquirers. He will actually meet with you where the faithful usually confess in the nave, and stand before the icon of Christ with you, and hear a confession. Instead of the usual order, he offers prayers of repentance and preparation for holy baptism. It is very comforting. I do not know how wide-spread of a practice this is, but it never hurts to ask.
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Re: How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011, 12:05:37 AM »
Forgive someone.

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Re: How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 01:16:00 PM »
Repentance is turning away from sin, and toward doing Christ's commandments. So, step one would be to renounce sinning.
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Re: How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2011, 07:30:13 PM »
Bump.
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Re: How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2011, 10:08:12 PM »
This is taken from an Orthodox prayerbook. You could incorporate it into your daily prayers or when you feel the need to confess something, and then try to do what the prayer says. You could even insert specific things you want to confess in there.

A Prayer of Repentance
O Lord our God, good and merciful, I acknowledge all my sins which I have committed every day of my life, in thought, word and deed; in body and soul alike. I am heartily sorry that I have ever offended thee, and I sincerely repent; with tears I humbly pray thee, O Lord: of thy mercy forgive me all my past transgressions and absolve me from them. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to amend my way of life and to sin no more; that I may walk in the way of the righteous and offer praise and glory to the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Re: How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2011, 10:19:44 PM »
you could meditate upon the preparation for confession (some Orthodox prayer books have this), and you could also read the initiation by chrismation service and think about some of the things that we are asked to renounce, and meditate upon those also.

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Re: How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2011, 10:36:53 PM »
If you are Catholic, there is a good chance you may be received into Orthodoxy by chrismation...no need to be baptized. ;D

But, I know that's not you meant. Anyway...there are a variety of ways to do this. Prayer, fasting, etc. I would especially suggestion the Canon of Repentance to our Lord Jesus Christ. If you have contact with an Orthodox priest, feel free to speak with him about these issues, even if you cannot receive absolution from him. My priest actually offers this to all catechumen/very serious inquirers. He will actually meet with you where the faithful usually confess in the nave, and stand before the icon of Christ with you, and hear a confession. Instead of the usual order, he offers prayers of repentance and preparation for holy baptism. It is very comforting. I do not know how wide-spread of a practice this is, but it never hurts to ask.

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Re: How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2011, 02:02:56 AM »
Repentance is more than a confession and a receiving of absolution. It should be the very cornerstone of our existence.

To repent is to turn away from sin totally; even those of us Orthodox who have made confession before a priest still turn back towards sin.  It's a great remedy, but repentance, founded in our Lord, is the ultimate cure.
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Re: How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2011, 02:20:51 AM »
My parents will not let me receive Holy Baptism in the Church so I have to wait until I move out. But, in the meantime, since I cannot participate in the Mystery of Repentance, how should I repent when I do a particularly bad sin?

Repentance is not at all confined to the Sacrament of Confession. The priest is, after all, only a witness. The forgiveness comes from God. And God has been forgiving sins for a very long time when people come to Him with a repentant heart.

Repentance is a change of heart. If you fall, get up and return to the fight against evil. If you fall again, get up again. Repeat. God knows the heart and your conscience, if you listen, will guide you.
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Re: How should a catechumen/inquirer repent?
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2011, 10:05:47 AM »
As always Talk about this with the priest who is doing your catechumenate or guiding you through your inquiery into the faith. If not contact Father Chris, our pastoral administrator in a private message and I am sure you will get a more correct answer the clergy of the Orthodox Church than you will get from the laity who speak only from our own experience base.

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