How to prepare for confession and communion?
Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov on the preparation for confession
“I’m ten years old.” How to prepare for confession and communion?
- Well, howprepare for confession?! It is necessary to reflect: what have I sinned before God, before my parents, before my brothers and sisters, before my friends at school, before a teacher? If we see that yes, there is sin, we must come to confession with it and repent.
What does repent mean? Before the priest, the cross and the Gospel, I promise that from now on, as I have repented of, I will not do this with all my might. This is repentance.
Well, still need to pray. If you have never prayed before, you can begin by praying to Holy Communion. Take from these prayers those who are shorter, mark with a cross and read with attention so that each word is understandable. And as you grow, you can gradually add by prayer, and then, when you become big, you can add the Canon to this holy communion, he also has in the prayer book, and other canons. So, quietly, starting with a small one, it is imperative to prepare.
And yet, since you are already ten years old, it is not bad before the communion to fast, at least a day. It is also very conducive to such a good communion of the holy mysteries of Christ.