Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Confession is a Sacrifice

Confession is a Sacrifice
Meaningful Sacrifice - part 6

In this sermon, Fr. John Brian continues a series of sermons on the topic of meaningful sacrifice by using an excerpt of a
writing by an early Church Father, Origen. The excerpt is from his "Homilies on Leviticus." It is entitled "Seven Sacrifices - Seven Remissions" and has been posted at

This week, Fr. John Brian gives a few minutes for memory of the departed servant of God, H.H. Baba Shenouda, Coptic Patriarch, who passed to eternal life on Saturday, March 17, 2012 - before speaking to the sermon topic. May his memory be eternal!

This sermon is one of two on Origen's seventh remission - the remission through penance and "weeping," to which Origen adds healing of illness.

Fr. John Brian takes time to bring us to an understanding of the sacrifice involved in confession, weeping for our own sins, penance and the mercy of God. Because this sacrifice is perhaps the most difficult practice of all of Origen's list, Fr. John Brian will continue on the topic of confession next week.

He also mentions the prayers the priest says when asking forgiveness of sins before the altar before he offers the oblation on behalf of the congregation.  This is to further our understanding of Christian sacrifice.

This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, March 18, 2012 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

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