First Holy Confession
During the 2011 season of Great Lent, students in the second grade class of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Steelton, PA prepared for their First Holy Confession. Our church school curriculum designates this time to focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and uses a book of exercises and activities called “Making Things Right” to help young students understand themselves, become more aware of their relationship with God and discuss the effects of wrong-doing while being constantly reminded of God’s ever forgiving love.
A special vesper service was scheduled on the Eve of St. Lazarus and afterwards Very Reverend Stavrofor Srboljub Jockovic spoke to the children about Zacchaeus the Tax Collector, the Publican and the Pharisee and the Prodigal Son…parables which illustrate the importance of repentance. Each student then received their individual First Holy Confession with Father Srboljub and participated in Holy Communion on Lazarus Saturday. On Palm Sunday the children were given a blessed icon of the Good Shepherd to commemorate this memorable and meaningful event.
Church school students who received their First Holy Confession this year:
Luis Antonio Radanovic, Savo Stojanovic and Madison Vorkapich under the direction of Andrea Gunther, 2nd/3rd grade teacher