No One Can Make Me Forgive

“…to cleanse them of their sins…”


orthodox-confessionSMALLERIn the Orthodox Church there is the sacrament of Confession.  In the presence of the Priest as a witness a person speaks aloud of his transgressions to God and asks for forgiveness.  At the end of the Confession the penitent kneels, the Priest places his stole over the penitent’s head and recites the Prayer of Absolution, “Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, who received the repentance of Peter and of the tears of the woman caught in sin, this same Lord Jesus Christ pardons and absolves you of all your sins, both in this world and in the world to come.”  What is interesting and made clear in the formulation of the Absolution is that it is not the Priest who bestows forgiveness but it is God who bestows it through Jesus Christ.  The Priest merely acts as the hands and voice that make clear…

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