What is Confession? Confession is the oral avowal of one’s sins that lie heavy upon the conscience. Repentance cleanses the soul and makes it ready to receive the Holy Spirit, but confession, so to speak, only empties the soul of sins.
Let us present a simple analogy and comparison to confession. For example, suppose you had only one vessel of some kind, which you through negligence or laziness let reach a stage where little by little it accumulated all sorts of dirt so that your vessel became not only unusable but even unbearable to look at without repugnance.
With the Archpastoral blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Eastern-American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Saint Mark Monastery in Sheffield Village welcomed clergy and faithful from the Cleveland Deanery on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.
Holy Presanctified Liturgy began at 6 PM and was served by the abbot of St Mark's, Archimandrite Leontije (Alavanja), and by neighboring priest Rev Presbyter Sinisa Hrvacevic from St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Lorain, Ohio.
On Cheese-Fare Sunday, February 26, on the holy day of St. Simeon Mirotocivi, and with the blessing of His Grace Bishop of New Grancancia and Midwest Diocese Longin, parish priest Fr. Aleksandar Vujkovic blessed the cross which will be placed atop the newly constructed cupola of the church sanctuary.
The liturgy with blessing of the cross was attended by the parishioners of St. Petka Nashville. Fr. Aleksandar reminded the parishioners that we’re also “remaking” ourselves in the process.
The burial slab within the Tomb was removed for the first time in 500 years.
With some joyous news for the beginning of the Orthodox Great Lenten podvig, head of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem Archimandrite Alexander (Elisov) has stated that the restoration work on the Edicule over the Holy Sepulchre, the Lord’s Tomb, will be completed in time for Pascha, reports RIA-Novosti.
With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, on Sunday, February 26th, the Church-School congregation of St Elijah in Warren, Ohio hosted faithful from numerous parishes across the Cleveland Deanery.
The evening began with Lenten Vespers concelebrated by Rev. Presbyter Dragan Gornjic, Dean of the Cleveland Deanery and parish priest at Holy Trinity in Youngstown (Raccoon Rd); Very Rev. Protosingelos Sava (Medakovich) of New Marcha Monastery in Richfield; Very Rev. Vladimir Demshuk, host priest at St Elijah in Warren; Very Rev. Protopresbyter Milan Pajic of St Archangel Michael in Akron; Rev. Presbyter Aleksa Pavichevich of St George in North Canton; Rev. Bosko Stojanovich of Holy Trinity in Youngstown (Laird Ave); and Rev. Presbyter Vedran Grabic of St George in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.