The need for prayer before confession
The sacrament of confession is a necessary step on the way to the salvation of man. In this sacrament there occurs not only the forgiveness of sins, the purification of conscience, but also the reconciliation of man with God and the Church. The fact is that the sinner, a person retreats from the Church and the grace-filled help of God, and confession and the sacrament of confession return him back to the bosom of the Mother of the Church, where a person is conveniently saved. After all, the Church is like a ship that carries a man to the shores of salvation, despite the storms and the storm.
How to prepare for the sacrament of confession? Important for the awareness of their sinsprayer before confession. But first of all you should test your conscience according to the commandments of God.
A person who treats his inner life attentively understands that he has sinned to one degree or another against each commandment.
Preparing for the sacrament, you should readprayer before confession, which will help a person to see what, perhaps, he had not previously noticed, something in which he sinned.
- Lord, help me sincerely repent.
Prayer of st. Warsonofii the Great:
Prayer before confession (Rev. Simeon the New Theologian)
A person’s sin is like a stain on a man’s clothing, which is cleansed after repentance and the sacrament of confession. There are people who sincerely believe that they have nothing to repent of. They have not killed anyone, remain faithful to their spouse and lead a moral life. However, the apparent sinlessness of a person, even a very moral one, is self-deception. The Holy Fathers say that a perfect sin dulls the sense of conscience and the ability to see the next sin. If there are so many spots on clothes that they are black, then new spots will no longer be visible. In this case, attentive observation of oneself, one’s behavior, the movements of the soul, as well asprayer before confession.
Often, a barrier to confession is a sense of shame in front of a priest. Should overcome it. And remember that a priest, as a servant of God, is only a witness of your repentance, and you bring it to the Lord himself. It should be noted that home repentance is not complete. Only the priest in the church sacrament possesses the power bestowed by God himself.let a man sin. The Lord spoke to the Apostles:
It is important to remember that in order to receive the forgiveness of sins from God, we ourselves must forgive everyone for everything. Without personal forgiveness, sincere repentance and confession are unthinkable to their debtors.