TH 113: Confession, the Secret Heart of Orthodoxy
This class aims at understanding the mystery of confession as vital to our life in Christ and His body, the Church. It has a biblical and canonical position in the Church and is spiritual oxygen. Confessing our sins humbles us, calls down the grace of God on us and enables us to grow in the knowledge and love of God. It is a sacramental opportunity to remove the cause of what ails the human person and brings healing. It is a sure aid in the continual struggle to draw near to God in Christ Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, and is important not only to the individual’s spiritual growth but also to the spiritual life of the larger faith community.
September 7: Questions/Expectations about the mystery of confession
September 14: What is the biblical and theological teaching on the place and practice of confession
September 21: How to prepare for and do confession
September 28: Revealing sin breaks its power and penance/absolution
Teacher: Fr. James Coles, Pastor of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Mesa, AZ
Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28
Length of course: 4 weeks
Time: Tuesdays at 8:00 PM Eastern
Class length: ~60 minutes per class
Jurisdiction: Open to all jurisdictions.