By Hieromonk Agapius (Golub)
Confession is a sacrament of reconciliation of a man with God, which occurs in the Church. Through the sin a person losses the Kingdom of Christ, shown in numerous sacraments of the Church. Thanks to repentance, which makes a person reborn, we have an opportunity to enter the spiritual life of the Church again. When a priest is accepting someone’s repentance, he becomes a witness on behalf of the Church and at the same time a guarantor who states that this person was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found (Luke 15:32). What is more, a priest proclaims before God that this person is going to reconcile with the Church. At the end of Confession, the priest reads a special prayer, in which he asks God to unite the person with the Church – just like the broken branch which can take on the tree and bear fruit.
If you confess from time to time but do not analyze regularly your condition in terms of the New Testament, then your Confession is not full. The less attentive we are the worse we realize our sins.
The path to God is open. There is no sin, which cannot be forgiven or healed. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews, 13:8).