What is repentance? [Excerpt from: Exomologetarion – A Manual of Confession]

How Everyone Should Prepare Before Confession

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How Everyone Should Prepare Before Confession

1. What is repentance?

My brother sinner, this is the preparation you must undergo before you repent and go to confession. Know firstly that repentance, according to St. John of Damaskos, is a returning from the devil to God, which comes about through pain and ascesis. So you also, my beloved, if you wish to repent properly, must depart from the devil and from diabolical works and return to God and to the life proper to God. You must forsake sin, which is against nature, and return to virtue, which is according to nature. You must hate wickedness so much, that you say along with David: “Unrighteousness have I hated and abhorred” (Ps. 118:163), and instead, you must love the good and the commandments of the Lord so much, that you also say along with…

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I am a Priest with ROCOR and serve as Rector at St. Joseph of Optina Orthodox Church in Virginia Beach, VA
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