Confession is a sacrament, in the process of which a person confesses to God in their sins and asks for forgiveness.
In other words, it is a frank conversation between a person and God.
A serious conversation requires preparation.
Preparation for Confession
First of all, a person needs to feelThe need for repentance before God in sins committed. To confession it is necessary to proceed not only with the realization of sins, but also with a thirst for them to purify themselves and not to repeat it again.
Choose the temple in which you want to confess. Find out when the sacrament of penance is being performed in it.
Preparation for confession is given 3 days, inWhich need to observe fasting. It is better for a person to spend this time in solitude in order to put their thoughts and feelings in order. For this time it is necessary to read the canon "Repentant", Theotokos, Guardian Angel. These canons can be found in the prayer book.
The sins in which you are going to repent are betterwrite down. Then with this list you can go to the priest. To understand what is a sin, you need to read the 10 commandments of God. Every sin is important not only to remember and write down, but also to realize it as an evil, ruining life. It is repentance and sincere repentance that bring relief to the soul.
For repentance follows the sacrament. Participation in this sacrament is not part of the confession. But if there is a desire to receive Communion, then one should also prepare for it. In the prayer-book it is necessary to read "Follow-up to Holy Communion". Since midnight, you can not eat or drink.
How does confession take place?
When confessing, remember that you cameRepent before God. It is to him that you will pour out your soul. So do not be embarrassed by the priest - he is the link between you and the Lord. All that you tell him will remain between you.
When it's your turn to confess, listen to the priest and follow everything he says. If you are first in confession, tell him about it, he will help you and tell you what to do.
Talk about your sins without concealment. In no case do not justify the actions in which you repent. Do not ask the priest for advice. Answer honestly all of his questions. If you are not on the confession for the first time, remember that you can not repent of the same sin, if it has not been committed again.
At the end of the confession, the priest will give you instructions and offer communion.
How often should you confess?
Man sins daily. It is necessary to confess to him as often as he feels and decides. There are no strict rules. The main thing is that repentance does not turn into a formal transfer of sins. But the priests are unanimous in the opinion that for a Christian a confession should not be a one-time nature. Confess should be regularly, but with what periodicity, a person determines himself.