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Hello, can anyone link me to good online guides for preparing and examining oneself for a first/lifetime confession?  Thanks! :)
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Re: Online guides to self-examination/preparation for confession?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 10:47:53 PM »
This might be helpful for you.

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Re: Online guides to self-examination/preparation for confession?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 11:45:00 PM »
This might be helpful for you.

What a great booklet! Thanks for sharing that!

You can find some great lists of self-examination questions online. This is one I turn to:

http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/selfexam.aspx

Lists are limited because there's no way they can contain everything. But, I find them helpful to go over just to make sure you address all that you can. It can be easy to forget things! I converted quite recently and they have been beneficial to me, especially coming from a background that didn't confess. It was a great relief to undergo my lifetime confession, and I hope you have a beneficial experience as well!

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Re: Online guides to self-examination/preparation for confession?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013, 10:37:21 AM »
This might be helpful for you.

What a great booklet! Thanks for sharing that!

You can find some great lists of self-examination questions online. This is one I turn to:

http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/selfexam.aspx

Lists are limited because there's no way they can contain everything. But, I find them helpful to go over just to make sure you address all that you can. It can be easy to forget things! I converted quite recently and they have been beneficial to me, especially coming from a background that didn't confess. It was a great relief to undergo my lifetime confession, and I hope you have a beneficial experience as well!

Thanks lovesupreme and Michael David!  The list and booklet will both prove helpful, as I also come from a non-confessional background.

I agree, no list can cover everything...but I see on those lists things that hadn't occurred to me.  It's easy to think of major sins and those which are personally troubling to you, but the more subtle things easily slip under the radar.

Thanks for the encouragement Michael :)  The prospect of undergoing confession is a scary one, but I hope and trust that it will be a blessing and a release as well. :)

Thanks again
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Re: Online guides to self-examination/preparation for confession?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013, 01:54:52 PM »
Definitely glad I'm not a priest.  I would not want to hear all the stuff people have to confess about.
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Re: Online guides to self-examination/preparation for confession?
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013, 01:07:49 PM »

Thanks lovesupreme and Michael David!  The list and booklet will both prove helpful, as I also come from a non-confessional background.

I agree, no list can cover everything...but I see on those lists things that hadn't occurred to me.  It's easy to think of major sins and those which are personally troubling to you, but the more subtle things easily slip under the radar.

Thanks for the encouragement Michael :)  The prospect of undergoing confession is a scary one, but I hope and trust that it will be a blessing and a release as well. :)

Thanks again
Deborah

You are very welcome Deborah! Keep everyone here updated on your progress of conversion!
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Re: Online guides to self-examination/preparation for confession?
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2013, 02:12:10 PM »

Yes there is one book like that Its called the Exomolegetarion - A manual of confession by Nikodemos the Hagiorite.
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Re: Online guides to self-examination/preparation for confession?
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2013, 02:14:55 PM »
Definitely glad I'm not a priest.  I would not want to hear all the stuff people have to confess about.

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Re: Online guides to self-examination/preparation for confession?
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2013, 02:17:32 PM »
Hello, can anyone link me to good online guides for preparing and examining oneself for a first/lifetime confession?  Thanks! :)

Yes there is one book like that Its called the Exomolegetarion - A manual of confession by Nikodemos the Hagiorite.

Um, no offence, but I don't know that I'd recommend this as the answer to the OP.  At least not all of it.  And not without guidance.  Even Elder Porphyrios "had trouble" with it in his ministry as confessor, so I can only imagine what unguided confessees would do with it.  

I own a copy, so I'm not against laypeople reading and studying such things, but I'd make the same disclaimer about the Rudder or a number of other books...it's probably something priests would find more useful than laypeople.      
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Re: Online guides to self-examination/preparation for confession?
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2013, 02:19:15 PM »
Hello, can anyone link me to good online guides for preparing and examining oneself for a first/lifetime confession?  Thanks! :)

Yes there is one book like that Its called the Exomolegetarion - A manual of confession by Nikodemos the Hagiorite.

Um, no offence, but I don't know that I'd recommend this as the answer to the OP.  At least not all of it.  And not without guidance.  Even Elder Porphyrios "had trouble" with it in his ministry as confessor, so I can only imagine what unguided confessees would do with it.  

I own a copy, so I'm not against laypeople reading and studying such things, but I'd make the same disclaimer about the Rudder or a number of other books...it's probably something priests would find more useful than laypeople.      


I agree, its a substantial book for Confession.