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I tell you, my friends, don't be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.                But I will warn you whom you should fear. Fear him, who after he has killed, has power to cast into Gehenna. Yes, I tell you, fear him.                Aren't five sparrows sold for two assaria coins? Not one of them is forgotten by God.                But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.                I tell you, everyone who confesses me before men, him will the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God;                but he who denies me in the presence of men will be denied in the presence of the angels of God.               
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Reconciliation & Confession (Teachings of the Orthodox Church)


Recently I have been seeing the word 'Reconciliation' used in place of the word 'Confession.'

Is the Orthodox Church in America changing its terminology?


I too have seen the term "Reconciliation" used more frequently of late, although there is nothing wrong with this. One of the major prayers in the Sacrament of Confession says "reconcile and unite him/her to Thy Holy Church." Through Confession, we are indeed reconciled to God and to one another.

There has been no official change in terminology, however, and in cases where other terms are employed, it is a local decision.

Published in January 2011.

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