Preparation for confession
First of all, a man must feel a need to repent before God in their sins. To confession we need to start not only with an awareness of sins, but also with a desire to purge them and never to repeat such.
Select the temple in which want to confess. Find out when it is the sacrament of penance.
In preparation for confession is given 3 days in which to fast. This time a person should spend in seclusion to bring order to their thoughts and feelings. During this time, you need to read the Canon of Repentance, Theotokos, Guardian angel. These canons can be found in the prayer book.
The sins which are going to repent, it is better to record. Then with this list, you can go to the priest. To understand what is sin, you need to reread the 10 commandments of God. Every sin is not only important to remember and record, but also to recognize it as evil, ruining lives. That is repentance, and sincere repentance bring the soul relief.
After repentance should partake of the sacrament. Participation in this sacrament is not part of the confession. But if you want to partake, then it should also be prepared. In the prayer book you need to read "the Service for Holy Communion". From midnight of the day of communion can not eat or drink.
What is the confession?
Getting to confession, remember, you came to repent before God. That's it, you're going to vent. So do not be embarrassed priest – he is the link between you and the Lord. Anything you tell him will stay between you.
When it was your turn to confess, listen to the priest and follow everything he says. If this is your first confession, tell him about it, he will help you and tell you what to do.
Tell your sins without reserve. In any case don't justify things, which I confess. Don't ask the priest's advice. Respond honestly to all his questions. If you in the confessional is not the first time, remember that it is not possible to repent of the same sin if he had not been re-done.
At the end of confession the priest will give you instruction and will offer communion.
How often do you need to confess?
Man sins daily. You need to confess to him as often as he feels and decides. There are no strict rules. Importantly, repentance is not a formal enumeration of sins. But the priests are United in the opinion that for a Christian confession should not be disposable in nature. To confession regularly, and how often, a person defines himself.